WE ARE SELF-SUFFICIENT, ERDOGAN
Speaking to reporters onboard his plane enroute from Kuwait to Qatar, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Islamic countries had a 30 percent share in world economy. "We are self-sufficient with everything we have produced so far and we will produce in the future. Turkey is strong in education, health, tourism and technology. We have so much to share with other countries," he said.
The prime minister also noted that Islamic countries, which had a significant position in world economy, should cooperate with each other.
LEBANON RECOVERS THANKS TO TURKEY
Lebanon, once known as "Paris of the East", suffered a great loss in its war with Israel and is now recovering thanks to Turkey's support. Turkish investments in the country's construction, foodstuff and textile sectors, which have grown in number especially after the lifting of visas, have made a "doping effect" on Lebanese economy.
TURKEY, KUWAIT AGREE ON REMOVING VISAS
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said Turkey and Kuwait had agreed to remove visas for their nationals visiting each other's countries after Turkey signed a similar agreement yesterday with Yemen during a visit of the Turkish president to Sana'a. Erdogan sought to give assurances that Turkey's policy to pursue agreements removing visa requirements set no alternative to Ankara's bid to join the European Union.
INFLUENTIAL COLUMNIST JOINS OPPOSITION PARTY RANKS
Oktay Eksi, a former columnist with the daily Hurriyet, joined ranks of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Eksi, who is also the president of Turkey's Press Council, told reporters that he would not quit as council head. Eksi said he would review his decision in case he was elected as MP in next July's general elections.
COURT ARRESTS HABERAL'S DOCTOR
Head of Istanbul University Cardiology Institute Erhan Kansiz, who is accused of hiding the "dischargeable report" of Ergenekon culprit Mehmet Haberal from the court, was arrested. Kansiz, who was interrogated as "suspect" earlier and released, was arrested under charges of aiding and abetting a terrorist organization and was sent to Pasakapisi prison.
MAIN OPPOSITION TRANSFERS EKSI
Chairman of the Press Council Oktay Eksi, who resigned from the Hurriyet daily because he insulted the Premier, officially joined the Republican People's Party (CHP). "I am honoured to be here," Eksi was quoted as saying.
CONSTITUIONAL COURT IS BEING RESTRUCTURED
The bill on procedures of the Constitutional Court contains some fundamental amendments: the Constitutional Court will be able to overrule the decisions of the Supreme Court and the Council of State. Beginning in 2012, convicts who believe they were falsely accused, will be able to appeal to the Constitutional Court which will have the authority to release and even exonerate them. Constitutional Court Judges will have to take an oath promising to give decisions free from any influence or concerns.
ERDOGAN RESPONDS TO "CYPRUS" REMARKS OF MERKEL FROM QATAR
German Chancellor Angela Merkel who was in the Greek Cypriot side said, "Southern Cyprus did all within its reach for a solution but could not find reciprocation." Erdogan replied from Qatar: "Merkel does not even know the issue, and she is forgetful of her earlier remarks. Hasn't she said, 'It was wrong to admit Southern Cyprus in to the EU'."
HABERAL'S DOCTOR ARRESTED AS WELL
Prof. Erhan Kansiz, the doctor of Prof. Mehmet Haberal who is among the suspects in the second Ergenekon case, has been arrested on the charge of helping a terrorist organization. Kansiz has been arrested as he had waited for a year to send his report saying "Haberal could receive outpatient treatment" to the court. Kansiz rejected the accusations and his lawyer will object to the decision, sources said.
FOREIGN PRESS REACTS TO "FREAKISH" COMMENT
Foreign press commented on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent remarks calling the "Humanity Monument" built by a Turkish sculptor "freakish." French daily Liberation said Erdogan's remarks were a reflection of ignorance and lack of culture.
RELEASED TURKISH HEZBOLLAH MASTERMINDS AT LARGE
Two senior operatives of the Turkish Hezbollah _who have recently been released from prison after an amendment in Turkey's criminal procedures law entered into force_ might have fled to Iran or to Lebanon over Syria before their case was heard at the Supreme Court of Appeals, Turkey's highest court of justice. Edip Gumus and Cemal Tutar have failed to report in for the last three days to a local police station, a measure to make sure that they do not run away. Leader of the organization's armed wing, Mehmet varol, is also at large.
TURKEY AUTO SALES SKYROCKET IN 2010
Sales in Turkey's automotive industry _often considered as the locomotive of the country's economy_ have hit an all-time high in 2010 to reach 790 thousand, breaking a record figure of 758 thousand in 2005. Sales were also up in December 2010 by 73.9 percent with 99 thousand.
TURKISH PREMIER SAYS MUSLIM WORLD CAN PROVE SELF-SUFFICIENT
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said that the Muslim countries claimed a 30 percent share in the global economy, adding that the Islam world could prove self-sufficient with its present and future economic activity. "Islam countries has a 30 percent share in world's economy. We have great deal of experience in constructing business and we are ready to share it with them. Turkey is also strong in technology, health sector and in tourism," Erdogan told reporters aboard his plane enroute from Kuwait to Qatar.
OPPOSITION LEADER CALLS ON JUSTICE MINITSER TO RESIGN
Leader of Turkey's opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Devlet Bahceli, said Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin should resign over allegations that suspects in the Turkish Hezbollah case had been granted access to the Internet while in prison. "Those who are responsible should face due punishment. The justice minister should quit or he should be relieved of duty," Bahceli said.
THERE ARE SNEAKY SPIES AMONG US
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave warm messages at the Turkish-Arab Relations Conference in Kuwait. Pointing to the problems in Turkish-Arab relations in the last century, Erdogan said, "we lost our harmony when our union broke. We know that there are spies in our region who conduct sneaky plans and try to ruin our brotherhood".
Erdogan also noted that Turkey determined its own foreign policy and nobody could intervene. "Arab people are our brothers," he said.
SUPER AUTHORITY TO SUPREME COURT
A draft law changing the structure of Constitutional Court envisages controversial regulations. The court, which will be given the authority to conclude on individual applications, will also have the power to annul all judicial decisions including the rulings of Supreme Court of Appeals and Council of State, and to ignore administrative decisions.
If the draft becomes a law, nobody will have the chance to apply to the European Court of Human Rights without first applying to the Constitutional Court.
AUTO SALES FLY HIGH
Auto sales in the Turkish market hit record high in 2010 with 760,913 vehicles. While auto sales in Europe declined due to the crisis, cars sold like hot cakes in the Turkish market.
Car sales rose 36.58% year-on-year and broke the record in 2005. Sector analysts expect around 750,000 cars to be sold this year.
"IN FACT, ISLAMIC COMMUNITY CAN BE SELF SUFFICIENT," ERDOGAN
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan who spoke to reporters on the plane enroute from Kuwait to Qatar said: The share of Islamic Countries in world economy is around 30%. 57 Islamic countries will be self sufficient with its production. We should display the courage to take joint steps.
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