YILDIZ: ATTACKS CAN'T DETER US
Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz who was injured as a result of a fist attack in Kayseri came to the Parliament after he was released from hospital. He said, "I will not be deterred by impertinent ones. I will work for the country harder even if I am broken," said Yildiz.
GOVERNMENT WILL HIRE 100 THOUSAND CIVIL SERVANTS
Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek said a total of 100 thousand civil servants would be hired: 40 thousand to be employed in the ministry of education, and 20 thousand to be employed at the ministry of the interior.
FAMILIES FOLLOW HARD AFTER MINE BLAST IN CUKURCA
Three more families have filed complaint at the military prosecutor's office after it was revealed that their sons were killed in a mine blast in Cukurca where they were serving the military. The public prosecutor's office in Van ascertained that mines were planted by the Turkish Armed Forces.
In their petition, families said, "our pain was doubled after we learned that the mine was planted by the commander" and they asked punishment for the perpetrators.
REFERENDUM LOOMS FOR CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
Turkish Parliament is working hard for constitutional reforms. First debates were completed Tuesday morning. 333 lawmakers votes "yes" to go ahead with the voting of articles of the amendment package. "Yes" votes reached 337 at the voting for the first three articles. So, it passed the referendum threshold of 330 votes.
OPPOSITION AGAINST TIME
While the threshold for carrying the constitutional amendment bill to referendum was passed, Republican People's Party (CHP) started making up procedural pretexts for carrying the constitutional amendment bill to the Constitutional Court.
CHP Acting Group Chairman Suha Okay who argued that the ministers were voting with letters was denied by the Parliament Speaker. Nationalist Movement Party gave long proposals to block the debates.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu who went to Tehran to solve the nuclear crisis said Turkey was ready to be mediator for uranium exchange as a third country.
Turkey is acting like a bridge between the U.S. and Iran. Davutoglu who met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad and his Iranian counterpart Manuchehr Motaki, said he was against further sanctions over Iran. He communicated views of U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev.
BAYKAL RECALLS ERDOGAN'S REMARKS
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Deniz Baykal recalled Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks made 17 years ago about the presidential system.
"Let's see Mr. Prime Minister's remarks. He says, 'presidential system is a recommendation of American imperialism.' We have got his remarks," Baykal told the parliament.
What Baykal was talking about was an interview made with Erdogan and published in a book in 1993 under the title "Debates over the 2nd Republic."
Asked about the presidential system during that interview, Erdogan says, "Turkey is not ready for it for now."
UZAN'S NEW DEMAND: $100 BLN
Cem Uzan's Libananco submitted a new petition to international arbitration body and increased its claim for damages from $21.5 billion to $100 billion.
The new petition said, "our loss stemming from Cukurova and Kepez Electric is worth $100 billion."
MONUMENT OF INCONSISTENCY
Republican People's Party Leader Deniz Baykal reminded Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan of his earlier remark saying "the system of presidency was the recommendation of the American imperialism." He said Erdogan could go on dreaming about the Presidency system only until the elections. Baykal said "he used the phrase 'american imperialism' back then, we don't hear him use that phrase nowadays." He said the constitutional bill was Erdogan's own project.
GENDARMERIE WARNED BEFORE ATTACK
It was alleged that the gendarmerie had received intelligence about the attack which killed two police officers in Ladik and warned the Police Department on April 12. Samsun Police Chief Hulusi Celik said it was known beforehand that an attack would be staged, noting however that they did not know that it would take place in Ladik.
AK PARTY WALKING A TIGHTROPE
333 "yes" votes were cast in the parliamentary voting held whether to debate articles of the constitutional amendment package which faced strong resistance from the opposition. The ruling AK Party could not receive support from the opposition and independent deputies.
FAZIL SAY IN THE AIR
Turkish famous pianist Fazil Say gave a mini concert at a press conference held on the top of a 98-meter tall Emporio Tower in Hamburg ahead of his concert program "Turkish Nights" from May 25 to 29.
The ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party executives are on full alert as AK Party won 333 votes in the first secret parliamentary voting of constitutional amendments.
Party executives are now searching for the unknown five lawmakers who voted against, ahead of the voting for controversial articles such as the ones on "party closure, constitutional court and the supreme board of judges and prosecutors."
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan cancelled his trip to Italy to take part in the voting.
THY STARTS EVACUATION FROM ROME
Turkish Airlines (THY) canalized Turkish businessmen stranded in Europe to Italy after the ash cloud, caused by the Islandic volcano, covered European airspace.
THY Board member Mehmet Buyukeksi said, "my phone was ringing all day."
"THY increased the number of its flights to five. We have canalized our exporters and businessmen to Rome's Fiumicino Airport.
AK PARTY'S BREAKS FAIL
Republican People's Party Leader said Justice and Development (AK) Party was like a truck with failed breaks going downhill. He said the President also was not fulfilling the break function. "When we voiced this concern about the President in the past they said he was soft spoken and cheerful. Well we don't want a cheerful President, we need one that could prevent negative situations," said Baykal.
GOVERNMENT TO HIRE 100 THOUSAND NEW CIVIL SERVANTS
Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek said the government would hire around 80 to 100 thousand civil servants until the end of 2010. Simsek who said that it approved the demand of the Ministry of Education for 40 thousand new teacher cadres and Ministry of the Interior's demand for 20 thousand new policemen cadres, and added that the government would next hire inspectors and medical personnel.
GODSEND TO 67,000 JOBLESS
First part of good news has been unveiled. Government will employ 40,000 teachers, 20,000 police officers and 7,000 academicians. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier said that 100,000 civil servants would be employed this year.
FOUR ARTICLES PASSED
Turkish Parliament debated first two articles of the constitutional amendments on Monday and night and three more articles on Tuesday night.
Third article was approved by 337 lawmakers and the fourth received 336 votes. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not leave the parliament until the debates were over.