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Turkey's president began trying to construct a new government Wednesday, but the pieces -- pro-Islamic forces pressing for power and their military-backed, Western-style opponents struggling to unite -- do not fit neatly.

President Suleyman Demirel opened talks with party leaders just hours after the corruption-tainted coalition of Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz lost a confidence vote in parliament. It was Turkey's fourth government to collapse since 1995.

Demirel's agenda clearly showed the potential difficulties ahead in a nation with a growing Islamic movement but a fiercely protected tradition of Western and secular principles.

One of his first meetings was with Recai Kutan, leader of the Virtue Party, the largest bloc in parliament. Virtue seeks to instill greater Islamic codes and values in the predominantly Muslim population of 62 million people.

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