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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


Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said, "I have taken off the shirt of denominational vision." We analyzed new deputies of Justice & Development (AK) Party and here is the result: Number of supporters of denominational vision has declined to 90. Those coming from center right and center left plus liberals have the majority.

Democratic Left Party (DSP) leader Zeki Sezer assessed why Republican People's Party (CHP)-DSP electoral coalition could not receive expected amount of votes. "A significant part of the people is faithful, and does not have any problems with modernism, secularism and democracy but these people were pushed towards right while they should be positioned in left. You can not ask for votes from anyone by secularism. Moreover, a leftist can be a devout person or a devout person can be leftist," Sezer said.


Alparslan Arslan, who is the suspect and the main actor of last year's attack targeting members of the Council of State, declared that he carried out the attack in order to punish the assaults against the religion. Stressing that he had other targets on his mind as well, Arslan said, "one of my plans was to kill President Ahmet Necdet Sezer if I had not been caught."

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) chairman Devlet Bahceli declared that they would attend the general assembly meeting at the parliament, needed to start presidential election voting. Underscoring that members of Justice and Development (AK) Party could elect whoever they wanted president, Bahceli noted, "We may not support their candidate. They do not need our support anyway".


One of the most striking results of KONDA's survey was the despair a social democrat party caused for its own electors. Only 65 percent of Republican People's Party (CHP) voters believe that their party can solve the problems of the country, while the rate of those who believe that the party leader is sufficient enough to solve problems was only 40 percent. 34.8 percent of those who voted for CHP think that there is need for a new party, while 59.6 percent think that there is need for a new leader. These rates are only 11.9 percent and 15.6 percent for Justice & Development (AK) Party, respectively. Also only 45.8 percent of CHP electors thought that their party will win the highest amount of votes in last Sunday's elections, whereas this rate was 91 percent for AK Party.

Remarks of Devlet Bahceli, the chairman of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), that "we will join the general assembly meeting" revived the members of the Justice & Development (AK) Party regarding presidential election. This remark has been the most serious sign that there will not be any 367 (quorum) problem in the new parliament. Necati Cetinkaya, deputy chairman of AK Party said, "I thank every one who will act the way our nation expects", while AK Party deputy chairman Salih Kapusuz said, "we qualify this remark of compromise as right". On the other hand, Zeki Sezer, the chairman of the Democratic Left Party (DSP), said that the presidential election should be held at the parliament, but they will not back Abdullah Gul.


Haluk Orgun, who was the host of the "private dinner" that brought Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Deniz Baykal together in February 2003, told that such meeting was used as a pretext for an inner conflict within CHP. "During the dinner, I did not hear any expressions from Erdogan to Baykal like 'If you work for lifting my ban, I will support your presidency'," said Orgun, adding that the allegations which claim that Baykal opened Erdogan's way, were unjust.

During the hearing held yesterday on last year's attack on the Council of State, suspect Alparslan Arslan said that he would have killed President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, if he had not been caught. "I would also have staged attacks on Koc Holding, Dogan Group and several banks. Sener Eruygur and Leyla Zana are overstepping the limits as well," Arslan noted.


Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) chairman Devlet Bahceli: We will attend the session for presidential election. Consistency requires this. Justice and Development (AK) Party can nominate whoever it wants. Democratic Left Party (DSP) Deputy Chairman Masum Turker: We have not made our decision yet regarding attendance. We are waiting for announcement of candidates. Former Justice Minister Cemil Cicek: All problems should be resolved under the roof of parliament. They are doing the right thing.

European Union --that regards independent deputies of Kurdish descent as a significant opportunity to resolve Kurdish issue in parliament-- urged these deputies to stay at arm's length with terrorism. EU points out that independent deputies assumed great responsibility and underscores that they should condemn terrorism, keep back from provocations and convince Turkish people that they are sincere.


Alparslan Arslan, the hitman of the attack on Council of State, had said, "I did it for headscarf" when he was caught. However later he applied to medical authorities twice to be qualified as a certificated lunatic. When he could not manage to get the report, he wrote a letter to the prosecutor in which he said, "they used me, I feel myself like a puppet". In the hearing, Arslan was expected to make public "those who used him". Arslan acted in an opposite way and said, "my aim was to punish those who acted against God's religion and Muslims. I planned to hit also President Sezer, (businessmen) Dogan, Koc and (retired general) Eruygur." When the lawyers of the suspect said that "bombs similar to those hurled by Arslan at Cumhuriyet daily were found in Istanbul" and demanded that the investigation should be broadened, Arslan burst out the names of people with whom he has contacts. He said, "this incident has nothing to do with Ayhan Parlak, Veli Kucuk and Muzaffer Tekin".

Koc Holding President Mustafa Koc said that the nation designated not only the ruling party but also the opposition parties to "reach a social compromise on presidential election", and added, "this is not a unilateral duty."


Devlet Bahceli, the chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), said, "we will join the general assembly meeting", and paved the way for Abdullah Gul (who is expected to run for president). MHP chairman had his first contact with Gul, who called him to express condolences (over demise of a MHP MP Mehmet Cihat Ozonder), during the presidential election process. The first bridge was established on Thursday between MHP, which gave a message to solve 367 conflict (the required number of MPs that have to be in the parliament session in which the presidential election will be held) and AK (Justice & Development) Party. Bahceli did not speak to PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who earlier said, "I will not even exchange greetings with them at the parliament". However his contact with Gul was perceived as a positive signal during presidential election process. Bahceli told Hurriyet on Thursday, "we are indifferent to who will be nominated. AK Party can elect (the new president) in third or fourth round."

When Turkey, Italy and Greece was signing the agreement in Rome that will transport Caspian natural gas cheaply, Ankara was again warned against Tehran. U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Ross Wilson said that signature of an energy deal between Iran and Turkey, a key country in natural gas transportation, can hinder the Caspian route.


Aegean city of Izmir, which is considered the stronghold of the Republican People's Party (CHP), could leave the AK Party behind with a very slight difference in votes in the recent general elections held in Turkey. While coastal districts of the city and regions which host residents with a higher level of income voted in favor of CHP, inner and poorer neighborhoods supported AK Party in last Sunday's elections.

"I expect PM Erdogan to keep his promise. He previously stated that he would seek a consensus regarding the presidential election process during the new term," said Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Deniz Baykal. "If the Prime Minister says 'This is my candidate, support him/her", this would be an imposition, not a consensus," Baykal added.


Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Chairman Devlet Bahceli: We will not cause a crisis regarding the 367 (quorum to be present in parliament general assembly to start presidential election voting). President, parliament speaker and prime minister... all of them may be Justice and Development (AK) Party members.

Newly elected MHP member deputy Professor Mehmet Cihat Ozonder died in a traffic accident. First message of condolence was sent to MHP leader Bahceli by Democratic Society Party (DTP).


Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Temmuz 2007, 14:52