Turkish Press Review

Turkish Press Review of Hürriyet, Milliyet, Sabah, Vatan, Cumhuriyet, Radikal, Türkiye, Zaman, Yeni Şafak

Turkish Press Review
Turkish Press Review of Hürriyet, Milliyet, Sabah, Vatan, Cumhuriyet, Radikal, Türkiye, Zaman, Yeni Şafak


On the first day of Parliament, there was a complete peaceful atmosphere instead of "Kurdish oath" concerns. While a wreath was laid in front of Ataturk statue in Parliament's garden, political parties were represented with groups, and all of the deputies of Democratic Society Party (DTP) attended the ceremony with carnations.

PKK terrorists exploded a land mine with remote control while soldiers were passing in Dicle town of southeastern city of Diyarbakir. Two non-commissioned officers and one private were killed in the attack.


The 23rd legislative term began at the parliament with the oath taking ceremony. Gesture of Democratic Society Party (DTP) members to Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) members was the striking event of the ceremony. DTP members went beside the MHP members, and shook hands with MHP chairman Devlet Bahceli. However, DTP MPs did not go beside Republican People's Party (CHP) members. All DTP members participated in the ceremony to lay a wreath on Ataturk's Statue in the parliament. Majority of them were not present at the General Assembly Hall when the National Anthem was being sung. DTP MPs Sirri Sakik, Akin Birdal, Sebahat Tuncel and Sevahir Bayindir did not sing the National Anthem.

High interest of Russian and Ukrainian tourists in Turkey has alarmed European tourists. Tourism agencies said that the number of Russian tourists visiting Antalya and its vicinity has exceeded the number of European tourists this year, and added that the Europeans have already begun booking for Turkish hotels and facilities for 2008.


According to 2002 report of Istanbul Technical University (ITU), there is risk of collapse in Galata Bridge. Experts said that the risk continues. Following the bridge disaster in the United States, the report of nine experts prepared for Galata Bridge was opened to debate again. While experts are claiming that the bridge is still being used in spite of the risk, municipality said that necessary controls were made.

No tension occurred during oath taking ceremony at Parliament. Members of Democratic Society Party (DTP) shook hands with Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) chairman Devlet Bahceli


Everybody's eyes were on Democratic Society Party (DTP) MPs yesterday. Every one had concerns that they would try to take their oath "in Kurdish", however the DTP members made a good gesture. Ahmet Turk, Aysel Tugluk and Hasip Kaplan of DTP shook hands with Devlet Bahceli, the chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). This gesture were applauded by the other members of the parliament. Sukru Elekdag of Republican People's Party, who chaired the meeting as he was the oldest MP, said that PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave "important messages embracing every one" on the election night, and added, "a new page should be opened, and polarization should end." Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit and commanders did not participate in the oath taking ceremony. Soldiers, who have been monitoring the opening ceremony of the parliament every year since 1983, made this decision to protest DTP members, who refrain from condemning the terrorist organization PKK. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer had neither attended the opening ceremony in 2002.

Troops under the auspices of 16th Armored Brigade Command in southeastern city of Diyarbakir came across with a group of PKK terrorists in the rural area of Dicle town yesterday. Terrorists opened fire on troops who called on them to surrender. Non-commissioned officers Mehmet Ozdemir and Abdullah Sastim and private Ayhan Gungor were killed in the clash. Two other soldiers were wounded. On the other hand, four soldiers were injured in an ambush laid by the terrorists in Black Sea city of Gumushane.


Reactions escalated when Richard Holbrooke, former U.S. deputy secretary of state, said that political parties which took their legitimacy from Ataturk were defeated by moderate Muslim Justice & Development (AK) Party in recent general elections as well as Turkey is one of the two countries in the world where moderate Islam model exists. Republican People's Party (CHP) member Onur Oymen said, "we cannot turn a secular and democratic country into an Islamic state according to others' wills." Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) member Oktay Vural said, "those who say the expression moderate Islam do not understand the state of Republic of Turkey and the public."

The 23rd term started yesterday at Parliamentary General Assembly. Democratic Society Party (DTP) Mardin deputy Ahmet Turk's shaking hands of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) chairman Devlet Bahceli sealed the oath taking ceremony.


No surprise decision was adopted in the Supreme Military Council (YAS) meeting. Naval and Air Forces commanders have been changed, while 23 personnel have been expelled from the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK).

PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit the Presidential Palace tomorrow to assume the duty to form the new government. Erdogan is to present the new government to the president within 15 days.

The 23rd term parliament opened with the oath taking ceremony of MPs. Everybody's eyes were on MPs from the Democratic Society Party (DTP). DTP members participated in the ceremony to lay a wreath on Ataturk's Statue and took their oath in Turkish language. Thus, they embarrassed those who were expecting tension. DTP chairman Ahmet Turk and his four friends went beside Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) chairman Devlet Bahceli, and shook his hands before the ceremony. And, Bahceli applauded DTP MPs after they took their oath. On the other hand, Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Deniz Baykal ignored the DTP MPs.


A new term has begun in the parliament. Sukru Elekdag, a parliamentarian from the Republican People's Party (CHP), chaired the oath taking ceremony at the parliament as he was the oldest member of the parliament. "We are opening a new page today. We can be fruitful if we assume a compromising attitude in our political life in and outside the parliament," Elekdag said.

PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that energy and water council will be held, and added that the State Water Works (DSI) will take all necessary steps throughout Turkey against water shortage.

A mother and her daughter were reported missing in the floods, triggered by torrential rains, in eastern city of Erzurum. On the other hand, Asuman Ozkaya endangered her life, and rescued her eight-month daughter Suna, who was being dragged by flood.


Decisions of Supreme Military Council (YAS) were announced. Muzaffer Metin Atac was appointed as Naval Forces Commander, while Aydogan Babaoglu was appointed as Air Forces Commander. 34 generals and admirals as well as 45 colonels were promoted. Also 23 personnel were expelled from Turkish Armed Forces.

Deputies who were elected in July 22nd general elections took their oaths and started their missions. When members of Democratic Society Party (DTP) did not repeat their previous mistake of taking oath in Kurdish, they were applauded. Warm behaviours of party members disappointed those who were expecting tension.


An atmosphere in compliance with "harmony messages" was seen in the first day of the parliament. Democratic Society Party (DTP) chairman Ahmet Turk went beside Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) chairman Devlet Bahceli, and shook his hands. A group of MPs from the Justice & Development (AK) Party, headed by Mehmet Ali Sahin, went to the desks of all other parties including Republican People's Party (CHP), MHP, DTP and Democratic Left Party (DSP), and congratulated them on the first day of the parliament. Former parliament speaker Bulent Arinc visited the chairmen of parties and had a brief chat.

In the new parliament, AK Party has 341 MPs, CHP has 99 MPs, MHP has 70 MPs, DTP has 20 MPs, DSP has 13 MPs, and there are only six independent parliamentarians. There are a total of 549 MPs in the parliament. Only AK Party, CHP, MHP and DTP have parliament groups.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Ağustos 2007, 14:08