COMMANDERS TO HIGH TRIBUNAL!
The constitutional amendment, which paves the way for the trial of the chief of General Staff and force commanders by the High Tribunal, has been approved by the parliament.
A total of 337 deputies said "Yes" to Article 19, which envisages trial of the parliament speaker, the chief of General Staff and force commanders by the "High Tribunal" for charges concerning their positions.
MEAT IMPORT APPROVED, PRICES TO FALL
Upon the excessive increase in red meat prices, Turkish Meat and Fish Institution (EBK) was given authorization to import. The government has taken action for the meat crisis, and accordingly, EBK was authorized to import meat and live stock. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said import would continue until there was a decline in meat prices.
PARLIAMENT TO EXAMINE DARK INCIDENTS OF LATE HISTORY
The parliament has taken action to examine a series of dark incidents that took place in Turkey in the recent term. A motion, signed by 115 deputies who desire a research commission to be set up, was presented to the parliament speaker yesterday. Justice and Development (AK) Party's Corum deputy Agah Kafkas called on anybody that had any information or documents regarding the recent events to get prepared.
LIFE SENTENCE TO 6 SUSPECTS IN BILGE VILLAGE MASSACRE
Convicts of the case regarding the killing of 44 people, including 7 children, in Bilge village of Mardin's Mazidagi town, were given heavy punishments. In the 8th trial of the case heard by a court in the central Anatolian province of Corum, 6 suspects were sentenced to 44-fold life imprisonment in solitary confinement, one under-aged suspect to 44-fold 15 years of imprisonment, one suspect to 15 years of imprisonment for keeping weapons at his house and one suspect to 6 months of imprisonment for opening fire in air.
LIFE SENTENCE TO MASSACRE
The verdict in the case on massacre of 44 people including 7 children in Mardin's Bilge village last year was announced.
Corum High Criminal Court, in its verdict in the case where 13 suspects (8 of the jailed) were tried, sentenced 6 suspects to life imprisonment in solitary confinement, one juvenile suspect to 44-fold 15 years of imprisonment, one suspect to 15 years of imprisonment for keeping weapons at his house.
MINE AMBUSH KILLS NCO
A mine planted by terrorists exploded as military vehicles were passing through the Kanluhan bridge in the Dereli town of Giresun. Non-Commissioned Officer Ahmet Eryilmaz was killed and two privates were wounded. Villains also opened fire on a civilian minibus and the vehicle of the prosecutor on his way to the scene of the blast.
BDP WAITING FOR SIGNALS TO EXTEND SUPPORT
Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), which put forth conditions to extend support to the constitutional amendment package, is waiting Justice and Development (AK) Party to take action.
BDP, which did not extend support to the package except the article making it harder to shut down political parties, is trying to shape its strategy for the second round of the voting. After the four-hour meeting, decision makers of BDP decided to continue putting forth the conditions of "aid from treasury", election threshold and improvements in the Turkish Penal Code.
"INDECENT PROPOSAL" ARGUMENT
In response to the proposal of Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin saying "If Republican People's Party (CHP) does not carry the amendment to Constitutional Court, we may compromise", CHP leader Deniz Baykal said, "How can a justice minister make such a proposal without even blushing?". Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quick to respond, "We cannot possibly make such remarks. It is against our manners."
AKP'S VOTES SINK TO LOWEST OF ALL TIMES
According to Sonar's April poll, the votes of Justice and Development (AK) Party sank down to 25%. When the floating voters are distributed, AKP's votes reach 28.47%. CHP's votes were 26.7%. AKP sank to all times low since the 2002 elections.
According to the poll, the popular support for Nationalist Movement Party(MHP) was 21.15%, Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) was 6.71% and Felicity Party (SP) was 5.05%. The research revealed that the biggest problem in Turkey was "unemployment" and "expensiveness".
MINISTER MAKES INDECENT PROPOSAL
Commenting on Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin's proposal saying, "If CHP does not carry the amendment to Constitutional Court, we may separate the package," Republican People's Party (CHP) Leader said it was indecent. "They arrived at a point, where they can afford to urge us to ignore the violation of the constitution." Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan replied: "Baykal's remarks are ugly. But we are still open to comprmise. But then you really can't compromise with their kind."
REFERENDUM LIMIT PASSED WITH 2 VOTES IN CRITICAL VOTING
The critical article on the Constitutional Court was approved with 331 votes. The amendment changing the structure of the Constitutional Court, which is one of the critical articles of the constitutional amendment package, was able to pass the referendum limit of 330 votes only with a single vote. The article regarding the closure of political parties had passed the limit with 5 votes earlier.
IMPORT FOR CHEAP MEAT
After Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave instructions to decrease meat prices, a statement was made for a solution. Turkish State Minister Zafer Caglayan said that Turkish Meat and Fish Institution (EBK) had been authorized to import meat and livestock. Turkey's agriculture minister said the goal of such implementation was to defeat speculators. Producers said such a development would harm stock breeding.
ECEVIT'S STATUE ERECTED IN NORTHERN CYPRUS AFTER 36 YEARS
The statue of late Bulent Ecevit --former Turkish Premier-- who gave the order for Turkey's 1974 Peace Operation in Cyprus, was erected in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) with a ceremony.
Turkish Cypriot President Dervis Eroglu, who delivered a speech at the inauguration ceremony of the statue in front of the Bulent Ecevit High School in Lefkosa, said TRNC was paying a late homage to him.
GOVERNMENT ALLOWS IMPORT OF MEAT PRODUCTS TO DEAL WITH PRICE HIKES
State Minister Zafer Caglayan announced that the government authorised the Meat and Fish Institution (EBK) to import meat and livestock in order to deal with the hike in meat prices.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Mehdi Eker said, "We authorised the EBK to take the necessary precautions in order to protect both producers and consumers. Certain brokers want to make more money, this is the problem. This measure will not affect the retail prices in one day. But it will affect the wholesale price first".
19+1 FORMULA AGAINST LOSSES
The votings on constitutional amendment package have revealed an interesting mechanism within Justice and Development (AK) Party. Deputies are forming groups of 20 people and one of them are acting as the person in charge.
Republican People's Party's (CHP) Hakki Suha Okay claimed that AK Party had implemented a different control system in order not to lose any votes in the debate on the constitutional amendment package .
"During the voting, some deputies enter the booths accompanied by 2-3 people. The deputy put his/her vote inside an envelope before she/he goes in and the others see it. They act as if they are responsible for that vote," Okay said.
HER HEART STOPS AT 106 METERS
World free diving record holder Yasemin Dalkilic has overcome a life-threatening situation while she was training for a new record in Antalya's Kas town. The diver, who passed out at a depth of 106 meters, was taken out of water with a balloon.
Doctor Ozcan Er, who gave Dalkilic her first treatment after the incident, said that the diver's heart and breathing had stopped and she was brought back to life with heart massage. Dalkilic said it was a "water blackout", a common risk in free diving.
IMPORT TO DECREASE MEAT PRICES
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that there was a speculative increase in meat prices. "I have examined the rise in meat prices in EU and even in far countries. Importing meat and livestock will balance the prices and bring them to a level we want," Erdogan said.
ARTICLE ON HIGH TRIBUNAL APPROVED
The article, which paves the way for the trial of the parliament speaker and force commanders by the High Tribunal, has been approved with 337 votes.
The General Assembly of the Turkish parliament approved Article 19 of the constitutional amendment package that regulates the duties and powers of the Constitutional Court. With the amendment, the High Tribunal will be able to try the parliament speaker, chief of the general staff and all the commanders.