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

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


After his meeting with President Ahmet Necdet Sezer to submit government's resignation, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said election time quarrels with the opposition parties were now left behind, sending a message of friendship the opposition leaders. "I have telephoned Deniz Baykal and Mehmet Agar and also Devlet Bahceli," Erdogan told reporters on Monday. Premier said he would pay a visit to Baykal, the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP).

"Not me but the center right has collapsed," Deniz Baykal, leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) allegedly told his close circle of friends. "Shares of the Democratic Party, Youth Party and ANAVATAN has influenced the picture and the AK Party has become the sole center of the right," he said. Baykal also signaled that he would not resign after CHP received 20.9 percent of votes in last Sunday's general elections. "It won't be that dramatic," Baykal was reported to have said.


Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Deniz Baykal thinks that the results of the general elections do not necessitate his withdrawal. On the other hand, many people recommend Baykal to resign, giving examples from the past such as the withdrawal of former True Path Party chairwoman Tansu Ciller and former Motherland Party chairman Mesut Yilmaz. However, Baykal will not withdraw and on the contrary, he believes that he and his party would take over quite important tasks and responsibilities in the upcoming period.

The "quorum of 367" decision taken by the Constitutional Court regarding the presidential election process, speeded up the searches for a compromise. While PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan indicated that he would hold talks with other leaders on this matter, he also stated that "FM Gul's will was quite important". Meanwhile, both Republican People's Party (CHP) and Democratic Society Party (DTP) said, "the name is very important. We will reach a consensus according to the candidate that will be offered".


The number of woman MPs rose from 24 to 50 after last Sunday's elections. The number of women in the parliament was up 120 percent in this elections when compared with the previous one (2002). Most of them entered the parliament for the first time. Denizli, Trabzon, Malatya and Konya are the cities which have elected women MPs for the first time in their history. A woman MP was elected from Erzurum for the first time in 64 years, and from Sanliurfa in 42 years. Two woman parliamentarians were chosen each from Mardin and Diyarbakir. The number of woman MPs rose from 4.4 to 9.1 percent. Thus, Turkey climbed from 122nd to 100th place in International Parliamentary Union list.

Deniz Baykal, the chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP), told his close friends that he would not resign as CHP chairman. Baykal said, "we could not be the ruling party, but the real picture indicates that we are on the rise in every election. Our votes climbed from 3.7 percent to 21 percent between 1994 and this year. Our votes rose in modern regions. This reminds us of the period between 1965 and 1969 when CHP was qualified as the central left. CHP's votes dropped in feudal regions those days, but climbed in modern regions. In the next elections (1973), CHP raised its votes very much."


Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Deniz Baykal and Nationalist Movement Party chairman Devlet Bahceli. Erdogan offered Baykal "to act together during the new term". Underscoring that the discussions held during the election process were left behind, Erdogan said, "We are initiating a new period of leap".

After assessing the results of the elections with his party's officers, MHP chairman Devlet Bahceli said, "MHP will play a constructive role in order to overcome the difficult and troublesome period waiting ahead of us. Our expectation is to get replies for our calls for common sense and embracing".


Party mergers and independent candidates made a 10 percent electoral threshold ineffective in Sunday's general elections and a powerful single party government with seven different political parties have made their way into parliament. The picture showed that 87 percent of voters are now represented in parliament.

Turkey's main shares index, the Istanbul Stock Exchange (IMKB) National-100 Index climbed 1,200.79 points in the afternoon session and closed at 55,625.44 points on Monday, setting a new record after Justice and Development (AK) Party won a landslide victory in country's general election on Sunday. Stocks gained 2.21 percent in value in this session. Meanwhile US dollar lost value against Turkish currency and dropped to 1.24 YTL, the lowest in six years.

Chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahceli send the message that he would pursue a "constructive opposition line" after his remarks on Sunday that the will of nation should be respected. Bahceli also underlined that society did not accept any outside coercion or compulsion on the will of parliament, adding that his party would play a constructive role to prevent Turkey from drifting to any other crisis.


PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan called opposition leaders immediately after his election victory, and said that he will meet them for the steps to be taken at the parliament. Erdogan had phone talks with Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Deniz Baykal, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) chairman Devlet Bahceli and Democrat Party (DP) chairman Mehmet Agar, who resigned as the chairman, and said, "I will pay visits to you after we form the parliament." On Baykal's remarks that he would swim to Rhodes (if he did not succeed in elections), Erdogan said, "they are all left behind. We have opened a clean page, and we will write the new process altogether." On presidential election, Erdogan said, "Mr. Abdullah's views are very important for me. We will solve this issue without causing any tension."

The election results caused a record in the Istanbul Stock Exchange (IMKB). The stock exchange climbed to 55,912 points, while USD dropped to 1.25 new Turkish liras (YTL) and the interest rates was down 17.1 percent for the first time in 13 months.

Members of the Republican People's Party (CHP) who convened in front of CHP HQ and Sisli Municipality, chanted slogans like "resign Baykal", "take over the post, Sarigul". On the other hand, Sisli Mayor Mustafa Sarigul met opponents of Baykal. "We are waiting for the press release to be made by CHP. Then, I will meet our friends and we will assess the situation," he said.


Political scientists and sociologists are explaining how one of every two voters voted in favor of Justice and Development (AK) Party during Sunday's general elections held in Turkey. According to sociologist Nilufer Gole, AK Party gave hope for a transformation, besides, democratic expansion and economic stability were the two basic elements of the party's success. Meanwhile, political scientist Mehmet Ali Kilicbay said, "Republican People's Party (CHP) did not do anything. It tried to show itself as a leftist party, although it was actually a rightist one. Therefore, voters expressed with their votes that they did not believe in such thing".

Regarding Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul's presidential candidacy, PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "his will is quite important for me. We will act in solidarity and solve this issue within the new parliament". Meanwhile, Erdogan stated that he called CHP chairman Deniz Baykal yesterday and that they would meet after the new parliament was formed. Erdogan held talks with former Democrat Party (DP) chairman Mehmet Agar and Nationalist Movement Party chairman Devlet Bahceli as well.


Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that he would meet opposition leaders after Erdogan submitted the resignation of the cabinet to President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. Erdogan told reporters that he telephoned Deniz Baykal, leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Mehmet Agar, former chairman of Democrat Party (DP), and Devlet Bahceli, leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), who was unavailable. Erdogan also said election time brawling was now left behind.

Opposition figures within the Republican People's Party (CHP) accused the party leadership and policy for the result CHP got in last Sunday's polls. "Our chairman is an experienced politician and he sees this picture, too," CHP Secretary General Onder Sav said, signalling a serious row within the party administration. Meanwhile a group of CHP supporters in Istanbul called for Baykal's resignation and chanted slogans in favor of Mustafa Sarigul, a local mayor from CHP in Istanbul.


Senior members of the Republican People's Party (CHP) think that their party's defeat is related with the "collapse of the central right wing, and the military declaration". Assessing the election results, CHP administrators said that the dissolution of the central right was a negative factor affecting their party. CHP deputy chairman Mustafa Ozyurek said, "they used public and municipal facilities, and the military declaration was against us." CHP deputy chairman Onur Oymen said, "central wing collapsed and this increased importance of a party like AK Party." CHP deputy secretary general Mehmet Sevigen noted, "envoys of the USA and EU countries worked for AK Party. The business world also wanted AK Party."

The presidential election that caused early elections is the first biggest test for AK Party. AK Party's candidate FM Abdullah Gul's stance is the key: PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that they will seek compromise if he (Gul) does not withdraw from candidacy for president. Then, PM Erdogan will have a difficult task.

Devlet Bahceli, the chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), gave a message to his party: "when some impositions were made on the will of the parliament, this raised support for the governmental party although it was losing prestige. The MHP will be the address of national stance, compromise and dialogue."


Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Temmuz 2007, 13:52