TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON APRIL 20

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on April 20, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON APRIL 20

TURKIYE
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VOLCANIC ASH HITS ECONOMY AS WELL
Airline companies suffered a great loss due to the volcanic ash cloud coming from Iceland. Companies, which have lost 1 billion USD in only 5 days, were affected negatively in the stock exchanges as well. The total loss of the companies was more than September 11 and their shares lost great value. As tourism was severely damaged, Europe is faced with food shortage.

OPPOSITION'S ATTEMPT USELESS, PARLIAMENT TO WRITE HISTORY
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the constitution would be amended despite the obstacles brought forward by the opposition.
Criticizing the opposition, which did not desire to come to the parliament so as to lock the discussions on the constitutional amendment package, Erdogan said, "What about democracy in political parties? This means running away from the parliament".

ZAMAN
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NUMBER OF SHORT-TERM EMPLOYMENT PENSIONERS DOWN
Demand for short term employment pension and subsidy was down as a sign that Turkey was recovering from a global economic recession. The number of short-term pensioners dropped to 931 in March 2010 from a monthly average of 15 thousand in 2009. A total of 190 thousand people were given short term employment pension as the figure was only 12 thousand in the first three months of 2010.

DIRECTOR VOICES SUPPORT FOR CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
Renowned Turkish director and script writer Ezel Akay has expressed support for the overhauling of Turkey's current constitution, a product of the military coup in September 1980. "No one with conscience can demand that the constitution remain as how it is," Akay tells the daily ZAMAN. Akay says the civilian constitution was opposed by a circle that fears to lose its grip on power.

YENI SAFAK
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ALL THREE MINDS THE SAME
The provocation, which started with the attack against Ahmet Turk, the former head of the banned Democratic Society Party (DTP), in the Black Sea province of Samsun and continued with the killing of two soldiers in Ladik, was staged this time in the central Anatolian province of Kayseri.
Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz, who attended the funeral of a deceased soldier in Kayseri, was attacked by a provocateur.

FIRST TURKISH MINISTER IN GERMANY
Aygul Ozkan, a Turkish-origin deputy from Germany's Christian Democratic Union, has become a member of the government. Ozkan has been appointed as the Minister for Social Affairs in the German state of Lower Saxony, becoming the first Turkish-descent politician to be assigned to a ministerial position in Germany.

VATAN
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DANGEROUS TENSION
Following an attack against Ahmet Turk, the former chairperson of the banned Democratic Society Party (DTP), Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz was also attacked by a sports teacher during the funeral of a deceased lieutenant in the central Anatolian province of Kayseri.
A high school teacher named Sahin Simsek punched Yildiz at the funeral of lieutenant Levent Cetinkaya, who lost his life during an attack in the southeastern province of Sirnak. During the attack, the minister's glasses and nasal bone were broken. The assailant and 4 more people were detained after the incident.

IF EINSTEIN HAD SEEN CHP...
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan commented on Republican People's Party (CHP) chairperson Deniz Baykal's remarks, who said that even scientist Einstein could not have solved the constitutional amendment package.
"Einstein would have made serious changes on his principle of relativity, if he had seen how you moved towards 1940s while Turkey was developing in light speed," Erdogan said.

CUMHURIYET
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INVASION OF JURISDICTION
The opposition has made a historic warning about the tactical wars staged during the discussions on the constitutional amendment package.
While opposition parties Republican People's Party (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) tried all the "delay" tactics during the General Assembly meeting at the Turkish parliament, CHP chairperson Deniz Baykal said the package aimed at invading the jurisdiction through a "coup without epaulets or uniforms".

ATTACK AGAINST MINISTER
Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz was punched by an assailant during the funeral of lieutenant Levent Cetinkaya, who lost his life the other day after getting wounded in an attack in the southeastern province of Sirnak. The assailant Sahin Simsek, who shouted "This is the fist of the Turkish nation" while attacking Yildiz, was detained.

RADIKAL
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PARLIAMENT STARTS DEBATING CONSTITUTIONAL BILL
Turkish parliament began debating on Monday a government-back constitutional bill. The first day of the constitution marathon saw continuous efforts by the opposition parties to block debates which proved successful as they began with a nearly seven-hour delay. Main opposition leader accused Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan of taking control of the judicial branch. The Justice and Development (AK) Party aims to finish the first round of talks over the constitutional bill on April 28.

TURKISH CYPRIOT PRESIDENT-ELECT SAYS WON'T RUN AWAY FROM NEGOTIATIONS TABLE
Newly-elected president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Dervis Eroglu said he would not walk away from talks his predecessor, Mehmet Ali Talat, had launched with Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias to find a settlement to the Cyprus issue. The European Union voiced support to Eroglu and Christofias for the negotiations.
 

HURRIYET
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GERMANY'S FIRST MINISTER OF TURKISH-DESCENT
Aygul Ozkan, a Germany-born politician, has been named the minister for social affairs in Lower Saxony, becoming the first Turkish-descent politician to win a ministerial post in a state in Germany. Minister-president of Lower Saxony, Christian Wulff, assigned Ozkan (39) from the Christian Democratic as the minister for social affairs, women, family, health and integration, in Hannover on Monday. Ozkan replaced Mechthild Ross-Luttmann in a shuffle of four ministerial posts in Lower Saxony. "We have chosen Ozkan not because she is a Turk or has an immigrant history, but because she is a successful politician," Wulff told a ceremony.

MAN ATTACKS, PUNCHES ENERGY MINISTER
A man, identified as Sahin Simsek, attacked on Tuesday Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz and punched him in the face during the funeral ceremony of a Turkish soldier killed in action in southeast Turkey. Yildiz suffered a broken nose as he was rushed to a nearby hospital. Security officials said Simsek was a boxer and trained a high school boxing team. The incident happened only a week after a similar attack on former chairman of the defunct Democratic Society Party (DTP) in the Black Sea port city of Samsun.

MILLIYET
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ASSAILANT PUNCHES MINISTER
Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz was at the funeral of lieutenant Levent Cetinkaya, who lost his life after an attack in the southeastern province of Sirnak. While nearly 15,000 people were saying farewell to the deceased soldier during the funeral in central Anatolian province of Kayseri, sports teacher Sahin Simsek came near Yildiz and punched him in the face. "Martyrs do not die, this country would not be divided. This is the fist of the Turkish nation," Simsek shouted while waging the attack.

THEY QUEUED UP TO CONGRATULATE ERDOGAN
Justice and Development (AK) Party expressed support for Prime Minister Erdogan's remarks in which he stated that "a presidential system could be launched in Turkey". Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek said he found the proposal positive, while AK Party deputy Abdulkadir Aksu said, "Our prime minister wold make a great president." Most of the party members also claimed that Erdogan should become the president. AK party's joy could be seen at the parliament yesterday as well. Numerous ministers and deputies from the party queued up on the stairs of the parliament and welcomed Erdogan.

SABAH
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ERDOGAN OFFERS PRESIDENTIAL SYSTEM FOR TURKEY
Responding to a question in televised interview on Sunday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey should adopt presidential system as his remarks over the issue has made to all national newspapers. Former presidents Turgut Ozal and Suleyman Demirel have too made such a proposal in the past. Head of the parliament's constitution committee Burhan Kuzu described presidential system as "the best model for Turkey" as leader of the main opposition party Deniz Baykal said Erdogan was trying to take the country under his control.

FIRST TURKISH MINISTER OF GERMANY
Aygul Ozkan from Germany's Christian Democratic Union has been assigned as minister for social affairs in Lower Saxony, becoming the first Turkish-descent politician ever to hold a ministerial post in a state in Germany. Ozkan (39) is married with two children and she runs the head office of an architectural company in Hamburg.
 

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