Turkish Press Review

Turkish Press Review of Turkiye, Zaman, Yeni Safak, Vatan, Cumhuriyet, Radikal, Hurriyet, Milliyet, Sabah

Turkish Press Review
Turkish Press Review of Turkiye, Zaman, Yeni Safak, Vatan, Cumhuriyet, Radikal, Hurriyet, Milliyet, Sabah


Turkish gendarme teams seized 20 kilograms of heroin in an operation at the airport in southern city of Antalya. Three people including one German woman were captured in the operation.

Addressing nearly 1 million of people in Istanbul, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "this crowd in Istanbul shows the decision of Turkey." Erdogan noted, "we worked really hard for Turkey. We raised the esteem of the country. We are insurance of the country."


A natural gas agreement between Turkey and Iran caused a great surprise. The memorandum of understanding that was signed the previous day foresees transportation of Turkmen and Iranian natural gas to Europe via Turkey. Iran accepted for the first time that Turkmen natural gas would be transported via Iran to Turkey and then European countries.

Addressing the people in southern city of Antalya on Sunday, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Chairman Devlet Bahceli said that he considered stability and growth a 'tale'. Bahceli said that the ruling party could not deceive the people with these tales. Bahceli also called on the people to cast their votes in the general elections to be held on July 22nd.


Prime Minister and Chairman of Justice and Development (AK) Party Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed Sunday over one million people at an Istanbul public rally, the biggest of its kind in the Turkish political history. Erdogan lashed out at main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Deniz Baykal and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) chairman Devlet Bahceli, severely criticizing scenarios of possible a coalition between the CHP and the MHP. "CHP-MHP can never be a hope. There is no difference between the two parties," Erdogan told the crowd.

"Turkey's foreign currency reserves reach 114 billion USD," Turkish State Minister and Chief Negotiator for EU talks Ali Babacan said on Sunday. Babacan indicated that "while total deposits in Turkish banks were 129 billion YTL in 2002, the total deposits climbed to 298 billion YTL by July 6th, 2007." "Such a number shows the confidence of Turkish people in the Turkish economy," stressed Babacan. Babacan remarked that "as long as oil prices do not rise dramatically, no price hike will take place for electric and natural gas." Babacan also added that the recent records at the Istanbul Stock Exchange were expected and are normal in a well functioning economy.


As election day draws near, political tensions grow higher with party leaders assuming tougher tones in their campaigns. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan severely criticized main opposition leader Deniz Baykal at an Istanbul rally on Sunday. Baykal is expected to respond to Erdogan in Monday's public meetings which he would held in the eastern cities of Igdir and Erzurum, and the Black Sea port city of Trabzon.

"I have a long history in politics. There is not one single city or town that I have not visited. I know my people and I know the solutions to their problems. I want to use my political experience for my people as the prime minister. And I believe that my people would give me that title next week," Deniz Baykal, chairman of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) told daily VATAN.


The ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party has been exerting great efforts to bring people to its campaign rallies. AK Party scheduled exclusive train trips, and hired 2 seabuses, 2 ferry boats, 1700 smaller vessels and 1,600 coaches to carry masses to Sunday's rally. Workers from Ankara Metropolitan Municipality were also "forced" to participate at Saturday's public rally in the capital.

According to a scenario by an inter-governmental climate change panel, average annual temperatures in Turkey would rise 2.5 to 4 degrees Celsius. The southern parts of the country would face serious drought threat and precipitations during winter in the Aegean, Mediterranean and the southeastern regions would drop by 20-50 percent. The global warming would also trigger disasters such as torrential rains and floods and heavy droughts.


Justice & Development (AK) Party Chairman and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his party is expected to get 40 percent of votes in the general elections to be held on July 22nd, stating that AK Party would come to the political power with 310 deputies. During his party's election campaign rally in Istanbul, Erdogan affirmed that Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) find pleasure in 'hatred and blood'.

Haci Husrev Dogan, brother of Aydin Dogan, Chairman of Executive Board of Dogan Holding, was laid to rest on Sunday. Several businessmen, politicians and journalists attended the funeral in Istanbul. Istanbul Governor Muammer Guler and Security Department Chief Celalettin Cerrah were among the participants


Iran's moral police raided a Turkish fair held in the capital Tehran and closed the event on he grounds that it was "immoral." Iran failed to give permission to a men's fashion fair, which was scheduled for July 18th, under a premise to "protect domestic manufacturers."

Mehmet Agar, chairman of the Democratic Party (DP) said in Sunday's newspaper ads that union with the Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) might be completed after July 22nd elections. Touching on presidential election Agar said, "Premier is taking the general elections for granted and saying that he would present political party leaders a list of names for the presidential candidate. Now I am asking him: Why did you fail to do that at the first place?"

Forest fire which erupted Sunday in the western town of Milas spread to nearby Bodrum resort due to strong wind. Forty houses and over 400 tourists were evacuated as 8 planes and 9 helicopters tried to contain the fire. Four staff of a holiday resort were trapped in the fire but were rescued at the last moment.


Hundred of thousands of people attended the election campaign rally of Justice & Development (AK) Party in Kazlicesme district of Istanbul on Sunday. AK Party Chairman and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the opposition during his speech in the rally. Erdogan especially criticized Republican People Party (CHP) Chairman Deniz Baykal's statements on his assets.

American real estate company Cushman & Wakefield's CEO Paul F. Bacon said that there is a great competition among Istanbul, London and Moscow in regard to the area of real estate. Bacon paid a visit to Istanbul to make new decisions on Turkish market. Stating that foreign businessmen could make overseas investments more easily nowadays, Bacon noted that they could make important investments in Istanbul in regard to the area of real estate.


Forest fire which erupted in Milas and Bodrum towns of southwestern city of Mugla was taken under control after great efforts. Three planes and six helicopters tried to extinguished it. 250 hectares of wooded area has been burnt down.

Justice & Development (AK) Party Chairman and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed a big crowd in Kazlicesme district of Istanbul on Sunday. Erdogan harshly criticized the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Deniz Baykal. Erdogan accused Baykal of creating crises.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Temmuz 2007, 10:51