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

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


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan indicated that FM and Deputy PM Abdullah Gul's will on the presidency is important for him. Gul is expected to announce his final decision at a news conference to be held on Wednesday.

Opponents within the Republican People's Party (CHP) convened in a meeting at Sisli Mayor Mustafa Sarigul's office in Ankara on Tuesday. The opponents called on Baykal and Baykal's aides to resign from the party and leave Turkish politics for good. "CHP has been unsuccessful in the past four elections. It is our wish to see Baykal resign. Such a resignation would ease Turkey and the party," said Hikmet Cetin, former Chairman of the CHP.

Temperatures all across Turkey will rise by 2-4 degrees on Wednesday. Temperatures will reach their peak at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Istanbul is expected to be 40 degree Celsius today. Temperature in Istanbul will go down by 10 degrees on Thursday.

"Mr. Abdullah Gul is a perfect candidate to be the next Turkish president," said Turkish Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc on Tuesday. Arinc appeared live on CNN Turk tv channel on Tuesday. I wish to see Gul as Turkey's next president," told Arinc. "I prefer the next president to be an individual from within the parliament. I would like to see Gul as the new president of Turkey. Yet everything depends on Mr. Gul and assessment within the Justice and Development (AK) Party," stressed Arinc.


Fethullah Gulen's schools in Russia, which were closed down upon directives of President Vladimir Putin, were high on agenda of a bilateral meeting between President Putin and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan prior to the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Summit in Istanbul. Prime Minister Erdogan requested President Putin not to close down the schools and lift obstacles in front of their activities in an attempt to receive votes from Gulen's supporters in the general elections.

State Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Ali Sahin criticized the General Staff and the Constitutional Court without mentioning their names at his news conference after yesterday's meeting of the Council of Ministers. "Duties and responsibilities of each person and institution are determined in the Constitution. Only politicians should deal with politics. July 22nd elections confirmed that the politics should be done only by political actors," he said.


Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Deniz Baykal spoke 2 days after the elections and said he would not resign. "The result is not satisfactory, however, those who could not come to power would not be considered as they lost. There is no need for convention, however we should exert efforts for restructuring." 13 Democratic Left Party (DSP) parliamentarians, who entered the election from the list of CHP, will return to their party. DSP leader Zeki Sezer said, "we will leave CHP most probably after taking oath. Everybody may have a different style of politics. It is not possible to get votes with the statements of secularism."

survey company, administered by Tarhan Erdem, did not only make an estimation for the result of the election, but at the same time took an x ray of the electors. The elector considered the general economic condition of the country as well as his own economic condition. However, it is not possible to say that, "the elector is indifferent to secularism and democracy." The elector has a pacifist and tolerant approach on democracy and freedoms.


The 60th government is getting ready to prepare a civil constitution. It also targets to enact social security reform and increase employment rates. The second Justice & Development (AK) Party government plans to restrict authorities of the president and the Higher Education Board (YOK).

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Bryza said that the United States will take the necessary steps in the fight against the terrorist organization PKK. Bryza said that they could not fulfil their promise yet, but they will deal a serious blow to the terrorist organization soon.


Political parties and candidates who have failed in the general elections of Turkey are putting the blame on the people. Certain statements made by the failed politicians criticize the preference of voters and are actually insulting these voters with their verbal statements and written articles. Prominent Turkish NGOs have made a call to all to respect the outcome of the general elections without insulting voters.

Turkish Higher Electoral Council (YSK) will make public the official results of the Turkish general elections at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. Chairman of the YSK Muammer Aydin remarked that they have not received any complaints in regard to the general elections.

The single party victory in Turkish general elections will help the residential and automotive sectors in Turkey, said business experts. Financial institutions have began to offer loans with lower interest rates although only two days have passed since the general elections. Most economists expect a boom in the sales of residential units and automobiles in the upcoming days and weeks.

The largest archeology museum of Central Anatolia will be erected in Sivas. With the opening of the museum, 5,730 coins and 2,357 artifacts actually in the depots of Ataturk Congress & Ethnographic museum, will be brought to light. Sivas Governorship renovated and transformed the historic building in the garden of the Industry & Professional High School that was built in 1902, into a museum. The museum that will be built over an area of 5,965 sq.m. is expected to be opened in 2008. Artifacts recovered from the excavation site in Sarissa and Kayalipinar, various coins and statues will be on display at the museum.


Matt Bryza, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, said, "stance of Washington against terrorist PKK organization has changed. Some developments will occur soon." Bryza said they had a promise to "very important" ally Turkey, on PKK terrorism, and that they had to keep this promise.

Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal, who earlier said he would swim to Rhodes if he failed in the elections, considered himself successful saying, "we had a 1.5 percent rise in our votes." Replying to the question on his statement that he would swim to Rhodes, Baykal said, "it was just a joke. You took it very seriously." Baykal also defended that those who called for his resignation were not from CHP.


Zulfi Livaneli said that Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Deniz Baykal came together with leading names of the CHP at a dinner at the house of one of CHP MPs in 2002 to lift the political ban on Erdogan. "Turkey's fate changed at that house on that date. Although we warned him that Erdogan was a powerful rival, Baykal told us that Erdogan could not stand for two months. He said that Erdogan's government could not work with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and had to step down," Livaneli said.

Some circles in the EU who misconceived results of Sunday's general elections in Turkey made several tactless remarks. European Commission Vice President Franco Frattini said that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan should take into consideration the rights of 'secular minority' while Frank Vanhecke, a member of the European Parliament, asked whether it is impossible to accept a theocratic Muslim state to the EU membership.

Democrat Party (DP) Chairman Mehmet Agar, who resigned after his political party suffered a serious failure in Sunday's general elections, said that they made a important mistake by not entering the parliamentary hall during the vote for presidential election. "Our people did not approve our attitude. And we could not correct our mistake during election campaigns. The results are clear," Agar said.


Eyes turned to the endeavors to elect a president as although Justice and Development (AK) Party became the ruling alone but did not have the quorum to elect the president on its own. Following the statements of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that they would look for a compromise in election of the president, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) becomes the key party in the lobbies. AK Party, which has 340 MPs, should look for a compromise to elect the 11th president because of quorum of 367. Abdullah Gul is still the candidate of AK Party, but different scenarios are underway in Ankara lobbies.

Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal, commenting on the statements about the resignation, said, "I did not observe such an evaluation in CHP." Opposing to the statement of a journalist that CHP had a defeat, Baykal said, "we did not have expectations, however, this does not mean that CHP failed. CHP continued to rise, even inadequate." Without giving name, Baykal said they would not accept Abdullah Gul's candidacy for president.


Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer has vetoed 30 critical appointments by the government. Sezer indicated that "with the elections on July 22nd, the term of the current government has ended. As such, the appointments by this government are no longer valid".

Holding a press conference two days after the Turkish general elections, Chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP) Deniz Baykal indicated that "construction of the CHP is not over yet. CHP supporters do not want my resignation. The media is looking for things to excite itself. CHP's votes increased by 1.5 percent compared to the elections in 2002".

The one million Russian tourists who have arrived in southern Turkey in the first six months of 2007 helped Turkey to break a record in tourism. A total of 9.1 million tourists came to Turkey in the first half of 2007.

Temperatures in Istanbul will reach 39 degree Celsius on Wednesday. Humidity of 60 percent is expected in Istanbul on Wednesday.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Temmuz 2007, 14:56