HUNT FOR TERRORISTS IN NORTHERN TURKEY
Special teams have launched an operation to capture terrorists who killed two police officers in the northern province of Samsun. 200 members of special teams and 1,000 commandos were sent to the province from the neighboring provinces of Ordu and Tokat and from the capital city Ankara.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan signalled that he was positive about the presidency system. "The most important aspect of this system is that it enables parliament to be more influential. Today, even if you receive 411 votes at the parliament, the appointed circle prevents you. We can bring the system on Turkey's agenda following the general elections in 2011," he said.
I CONDEMN KILLING OF POLICE OFFICERS IN SAMSUN, AHMET TURK
Chairman of the closed Democratic Society Party (DTP) Ahmet Turk said that he condemned the killing of two police officers in northern province of Samsun the other night. "No matter who killed the police officers, I condemn the act," Turk said. Ahmet Turk was recently punched in his face in Samsun. I do not think that the killing of two police officers was a response given in return for my injury in Samsun, Ahmet Turk said.
TELEKOM, ONE OF 21 BEST COMPANIES IN WORLD
Turk Telekom was chosen as one of the world's 21 best companies by global investment bank Merrill Lynch. The bank studied 2,973 companies in 68 countries before deciding on the 21 best companies.
ASHES REACH TURKEY
The ash clouds from the volcanic eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland reached Turkey. Zonguldak, Sinop and Samsun airports in northern Turkey were shut down to flights.
PRESIDENCY SYSTEM IF PEOPLE SAY YES
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he was positive about the presidency system, adding, "if our people give us this authority with a new constitution, we can bring the presidential system on Turkey's agenda."
HE WANTS PRESIDENCY
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that presidency system could be brought onto Turkey's agenda following the general elections in 2011. "I am positive about this system since it works easily. The most important aspect of the system is that congress and parliament become much more influential," he said.
EROGLU ERA IN TRNC
Dervis Eroglu won the presidential election in the Turkish republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Eroglu became the third president of the TRNC behind Rauf Denktas and Mehmet Ali Talat. Talat lost the election after receiving 43 percent of votes.
THOUSANDS CRY FOR MARTYRS IN SAMSUN
Thousands of people held a protest after a funeral for two police officers who were killed by terrorists in the northern province of Samsun. The two officers were killed as a retaliation of an attack against Ahmet Turk, former leader of the outlawed Democratic Society Party (DTP). It was revealed that Celal Baskale, head of the terrorist organization in the region, gave directives for the attack.
WE WILL NOT SAY 'YES' TO ALL OF THEIR DEMANDS, EROGLU
Dervis Eroglu became the third president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) after Sunday's election in that country. "We will remain at the negotiations table to defend the rights of our people. We will not say 'yes' to all demands of the Greek Cypriots," Eroglu underlined.
ERDOGAN VIEWS PRESIDENTIAL SYSTEM AS DESIRABLE
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he viewed a presidential system in Turkey as desirable. "The presidential system is crucial for the political process to continue smoothly. We can look at the U.S. example when it comes to presidential system," Erdogan said.
DERVIS EROGLU TERM IN TRNC
Dervis Eroglu of the National Unity Party (UBP) won Sunday's presidential election in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Eroglu received more than 50 percent of all votes. Eroglu has become the third president of the TRNC. Eroglu said that the negotiations in Cyprus would go on. "I believe that the leader of the Greek Cypriot administration Demetris Christofias and I would be able to solve the Cyprus problem," Eroglu said.
ERDOGAN: I LOOK AT PRESIDENTIAL SYSTEM POSITIVELY
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he looked at the presidential system positively. The issue of a presidential system in Turkey might come up on Turkey's agenda once again. "I look at the presidential system from a positive angle. The presidential system issue may be discussed extensively and later placed in the constitution," Erdogan said.
Prime Minister Dervis Eroglu of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) won a critical victory over President Mehmet Ali Talat in the presidential election. Eroglu, who is also the leader of the National Unity Party (UBP), exceeded the electoral threshold of 50 percent in the first round.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a surprising statement in an interview with the private TV channel, ATV, and said that he was positive about presidency system. Prior to debates at the parliament on the recent constitutional amendment package, Prime Minister Erdogan said that the presidency system could be discussed following the general elections in 2011.
ERDOGAN DEFENDS PRESIDENTIAL SYSTEM
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the presidential system might be submitted to a referendum after the general elections in 2011. Erdogan said that the people's election of the president was only a preparation for the presidential system.
TRNC VOTERS SAY 'EROGLU'
Dervis Eroglu won Sunday's presidential election in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Eroglu received 50.38 percent of all votes. Eroglu's closest rival in the presidential election, Mehmet Ali Talat, received only 42.85 percent of the votes. The voter participation rate in the TRNC was 76.37 percent.
ISSUE OF PRESIDENTIAL SYSTEM MAY COME UP IF PEOPLE WANT IT, ERDOGAN
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the issue of a presidential system might come up if the Turkish people want it. "We may have a totally new constitution after 2011," Erdogan also said.
MEDICANA TO OPEN HOSPITAL IN IRAQ
President of the Executive Board of Medicana, Huseyin Bozkurt, said that they would open a hospital in Iraq in 2010 by becoming a partner of the hospital. "We are also planning to enter the medical market in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya," Bozkurt said.