TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 5

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on February 5, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON FEB 5

TURKIYE
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NOT TODAY, 8 YEARS AGO
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's proposal on the presidency system is not new. After becoming prime minister, Erdogan said that the most appropriate system was the presidency system for Turkey. On April 20, 2003, Erdogan said, "problem in Turkey is because of administration system. I want presidency or semi-presidency system in the country. Turkey will make a great progress with this system."

AUTO SALES ON RISE
Sales in automobile and light commercial vehicles market were posted as 44,789 in January, 2011. The figure increased 122.89 percent when compared with January, 2010. The sales in January, 2010 was 20,095. Total market figure in January, 2011 even exceeded the highest figure recorded in January, 1994 which was 39,629. Automobile sales increased 137.16 percent to 29,686 year-on-year in January 2011. Light commercial vehicles sales also rose 98.92 percent to 14,921 in the mentioned month.

ZAMAN
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TURKEY MAKES A RIGHT DECISION ON NOT MAKING DEAL WITH IMF
When Turkey has been discussing results of not making deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) during global economic crisis, IMF made a confession on the matter. IMF Turkey director Mark Lewis said that Turkey made a right decision on not renewing stand-by deal which ended in 2008. Lewis said that Turkey weathered global economic crisis successfully. The parliamentary election that would take place in Turkey in June was not a risk for the country, he said.

EXPERTS SAY TURKEY KEY COUNTRY IN MIDDLE EAST
U.S. expert on Middle East Joshua Walker said that Turkey was the key country in the Middle East. Walker also eulogized the remarks by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who said Turkey would keep sharing sorrow and joy of Tunisian and Egyptian people.

YENI SAFAK
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OXYGEN TUBES ARE TOP SUSPECTED CAUSE OF EXPLOSIONS
The death toll from the explosions at the Ankara Ostim Industry Zone rose to 17. The investigation team appointed by the Ministry of Labour to investigate the explosions are examining the oxygen tubes as the possible cause.
The Chief Prosecutor's Office also launched an examination. The factory, where the second explosion took place, was making unlicensed manufacturing, it was reported. Minister of Labour and Social Security Omer Dincer said, "Let's find the crime first. We will look for those responsible afterwards," said Dincer.

TOSBAGA ST. IS WHERE HEADQUARTERS IS BASED
The Police which monitored people who visited the House of Necdet Kilic --the head of the "Revolutionaty HQs"-- at the Tosbaga street, unravelled the organization.
The court accepted the indictment of the "Revolutionaty HQs", under which 22 suspects including former Police Chief Hanefi Avci is tried. The police, who tapped the phones of those who visited Kilic's house, exposed Avci's connection with the organization.

VATAN
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TURKEY RANKS 6TH IN BRIBERY LEAGUE
Transparency international which is fighting against bribery, made public the results of its global bribery survey. Following are the global rankings of bribery: Liberia, Afghanistan, Iraq, India, Gana, and Turkey. The Survey revealed one out of every four people had to pay bribes in order to receive education, health, tax, and security services.

KILICDAROGLU SAYS EVEN MUBARAK DOES NOT HAVE ERDOGAN'S POWERS
Republican People's Party Leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu who went to Germany to attend the Munich Security Summit, opposed Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan's "presidential system" proposition and said "presidential system is literally in practice in Turkey. The president, the parliament speaker, governors, commanders and judges, are appointed by the very same person."
Kilicdaroglu who said the premier had even more powers than Hosni Mubarak went on to say that even the president of the U.S. which was showed as an example for the presidential system did not have such powers. Kilicdaroglu voiced the following concerns: "The only thing he can't do is to make court rulings. Soon enough, he will take steps to that end, start signing court rulings himself."

CUMHURIYET
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HOW MANY MORE LIVES MUST END
Lack of inspection took 17 lives. Officials made the same old statements, while what's left behind from the explosions has been mourning families.
While contradicting statements about the cause of the explosions were made one after the other, the prosecutors launched an investigation. There is still one worker under the debris from the first explosion, and four people missing in the site of the second explosion, it was reported.

KILICDAROGLU: EVEN OBAMA DOES NOT HAVE YOUR POWERS
Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu who went to Germany to attend the Munich Security Summit, said presidential system was already in practice in Turkey. "The same person is appointing the president, the parliament speaker, governors, commanders and judges. The prime minister holds more powers than Obama and Mubarak. CHP leader said the debates on the presidential system was way to cover up unemployment and poverty.

RADIKAL
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DAVUTOGLU ON INCIDENTS IN EGYPT
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan assumed a clear attitude regarding Egypt. Davutoglu said that crowds who were protesting the government there wanted evolution not revolution. Turkey has been supporting democratic demands of the Egyptian people from the very beginning, he said. "Political transformation is impossible with the current government there. The current one cannot meet modern demands," he said.

LOWEST WAGE IS 1,300 TL
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan harshly reacted to protests by Turkish Cypriots against the economic measure package put into effect in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Erdogan said, "the lowest civil servant wage is nearly 10,000 Turkish lira in TRNC and they are holding a rally." However the lowest civil servant wage is 1,300 TL and the highest one is 6,000 TL in TRNC, data showed.

HURRIYET
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4 DOUBTS IN OSTIM
Prosecutors are focusing on 4 questions in the investigation into two explosions at OSTIM, Ankara which claimed lives of 17 people:
1)Were there any problems in the other oxygen tubes that were filled by the same company?
2)Was the factory --where the second explosion took place-- making unlicensed diesel oil production?
3)Did both companies possess the required licenses and did they take sufficient safety measures?
4)Did the destroyed cars outside with LPG tanks had a role in the explosions.

KILICDAROGLU COMMENTS ON MIDDLE EAST: THESE COUNTRIES NEED A SPARTACUS
Republican People's Party Leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said the recent incidents in Egypt and other countries was a revolt against unemployment and poverty: "They need a 'Spartcacus'. The people need a 'Spartacus' that will lead them to democracy and freedom."

MILLIYET
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ERDOGAN ON RALLY AGAINST TURKEY IN TRNC
In regard to a rally that took place in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) against Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "they say that Turkey should leave here (the island). Who are you? Whatever Greece has to do with the island so does Turkey for strategic means." Erdogan said that Turkey provided money to them (Turkish Cypriot people) and they were holding a rally against Turkey. Unions in TRNC are planning to hold a demonstration to protest Erdogan's remarks in front of Turkish Embassy on February 7.

RECORD IN AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR
Sales in automobile and light commercial vehicles market were posted as 44,789 in January, 2011. The figure increased 122.89 percent when compared with January, 2010. Automotive Distributors Association's general coordinator Hayri Erce said on Friday that the sales in January, 2010 was 20,095. Total market figure in January, 2011 even exceeded the highest figure recorded in January, 1994 which was 39,629. Automobile sale increased 137.16 percent to 29,686 in January, 2011 when compared to January, 2010. Light commercial vehicles sales also rose 98.92 percent to 14,921 in January, 2011 when compared to January, 2010.

SABAH
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IMF SAYS TURKEY MAKES A RIGHT DECISION ON NOT MAKING DEAL
IMF's Turkey director Mark Lewis said that Turkey responded successfully to global economic crisis. Lewis said that it was impressing that Turkey weathered global economic crisis fast, stating that Turkey was economically very powerful now. Reforms and right policies which have been implemented in Turkey were the reasons of Turkey's success, he said. Lewis said that the decision that was made by Turkey on not making a deal with IMF was a right one.

FIVE KILLED IN TRAIN-MINIBUS COLLISION
Five people were killed after a passenger train collided with a minibus at a crossing on the Izmir-Tire road in the western province of Izmir.

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