Turkish Press Review

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

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


Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) found oil in 21 of 25 oil wells it drilled in areas where land mines were swept along Syria border of Nusaybin town in Turkish southeastern city of Mardin. 2,400 barrels of oil are obtained daily from the wells. Also wells were drilled in the gardens of 6 stations of security forces who are protecting the border. TPAO officials said, "commanders told us we can drill anywhere --even their offices-- if there is oil. They are really helping us."

Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh, who arrived in Turkey before Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, said that they are working on a memorandum of understanding in fight against terrorism. Al-Dabbagh said that the memorandum of understanding also includes capture of PKK terrorists and giving them to Turkey.


Ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party Central Executive Board held a five-hour meeting under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to determine a candidate for the position of speaker of parliament. National Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul, former Justice Minister Cemil Cicek and Labor & Social Security Minister Murat Basesgioglu are among the possible candidates. The political party will make its final decision later today. AK Party MP Salih Kapusuz will pay visits of courtesy to the other political parties to ask for their support in the election of parliament speaker. Meanwhile, the upcoming presidential election was also high on agenda of the meeting. Members of the board did not mention any name except for Foreign Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul. Prime Minister Erdogan said that Gul should make the decision to this end.

Yasar Oz, one of the suspects of the scandal known as 'Susurluk incident', was detained in Antalya. His girlfriend and nine other people were also detained. Oz has been accused of forming a gang to carry out illegal actions.

After independent deputy Ufuk Uras joined the Freedom and Solidarity Party (ODP), number of political parties having seats at the parliament increased to six.


Countdown has begun for the Parliament Speaker. Who will assume the post? Justice & Development (AK) Party's Central Executive Board sought an answer to this question. Koksal Toptan and Deputy PM Mehmet Ali Sahin are in the forefront. Election for parliament speaker is expected to be held on Thursday.

Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul gave guns to ministers as gifts, but it led to a controversy. Umut Foundation, a non-governmental organization for disarmament, called on the ministers to return those guns. Chairperson Nazire Dedeman has sent a letter to ministers and said this mistake promotes armament in society that takes lives of many innocent people.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki will arrive in Turkey today. He is expected to say, --for the first time officially-- "PKK is a terrorist organization" and sign an agreement on fight against terrorism.


Iraqi PM Nuri al-Maliki, who was warned by Ankara several times not to give shelter to PKK, will come to Turkey with a package of measures that will destroy terrorist organization PKK. Prior to Maliki's visit, Iraqi government spokesman Ali Debba said that they prohibited PKK activities in their territory and took serious measures. "Our Prime minister will tell these to Turkish authorities," he said.

"I will form the Council of Ministers after making assessments with my party organs. With respect to our experiences in office for 4 years and 8 months, we will restart with a stronger cabinet that will overcome deficiencies," said PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was assigned by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer to form the 60th government.


Justice & Development (AK) Party Chairman Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who won an overwhelming victory in the general elections on July 22nd, was designated to form the new government. Erdogan gave the signal that he will not hustle to form his cabinet. "Drawing on our experience of four years and eight months in government, we will hopefully form a stronger government that will overcome many shortcomings," he said and vowed to increase national income per capita up to 10 thousand USD and to take steps against ethnic and religious nationalism.

Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki of Iraq sent a message to Turkey before paying his scheduled formal visit. Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said at a news conference that the Iraq recognized the PKK as a terrorist organization. Meanwhile, the Washington Post wrote that Turkish leaders will give visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki what Turkish military commanders and analysts said could be a final warning to act against anti-Turkey Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq.


Parliamentarians --who are waiting for the cabinet to be renewed-- fastened their eyes on cellular phones with the hope of being minister. They cut short the phone conversations; and often control whether their phone is in service area.

U.S. press wrote that Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki will be warned in Ankara regarding fight against PKK terrorist organization for the last time. According to U.S. Washington Post, if al-Maliki does not, then Turkey starts cross-border operation.


According to lobbies of Justice & Development (AK) Party, the possibility of Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul's withdrawal from presidential candidacy is higher.

Candidacy for Parliament Speaker's Office was taken up during the meeting of Justice & Development (AK) Party last night. According to the information, the names of Vecdi Gonul, Cemil Cicek, Koksal Toptan and Ertugrul Gunay were discussed. Koksal Toptan's name is high on the agenda.


PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was assigned to form the 60th government, may defer the list of the new cabinet until the election of the new president, considering President Ahmet Necdet Sezer's possible veto. Erdogan will submit the list --that is expected to have fundamental changes-- to President Sezer, depending on Sezer's demeanor.

A report, prepared by EU's Institute for Security Studies, said that "Democratic Society Party is somehow connected to PKK." The report perturbed DTP deputies. Akin Birdal said the report is "provocative" and added that he does not believe it reflects EU's views.


President Ahmet Necdet Sezer received Justice & Development (AK) Party Chairman Recep Tayyip Erdogan and designed him to form the new government. Following the meeting, Erdogan told reporters, "drawing on our experience of four years and eight months in government, we will hopefully form a stronger government that will overcome many shortcomings." Erdogan has 45 days in which to name his cabinet and win a vote of confidence in the parliament.

The Freedom & Solidarity Party (ODP) which was established as the "party of love and revolution" became the sixth political party represented at the 23rd term parliament after independent deputy Ufuk Uras joined ODP.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Ağustos 2007, 16:03