ZEYBEK ELECTED NEW LEADER OF DP
Namik Kemal Zeybek has been elected new leader of the Democratic Party (DP). The 10th regular congress of the political party took place with six candidates running in the election. Zeybek became the new leader of the DP after winning votes of 566 out of 594 delegates in the third round of the election.
BOTH PRIDE AND SHAME
Galatasaray's new home stadium Turk Telekom Arena has opened doors at a grand opening with concerts and a friendly match between Galatasaray and Ajax of the Netherlands. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan came to the stadium to attend the opening. However, he left the Arena without watching the game because of protests by audience.
"CHANGE IN TURKEY IS REMARKABLE"
Scott Kilner, USA's new Consul General in Istanbul, told the Zaman daily that Turkey played a very constructive role in its region, adding that the change in Turkey was remarkable.
HEZBOLLAH OPERATION: 30 DETAINED
Police held a series of operations in the provinces of Adana, Mersin, Gaziantep and Izmir against the Hezbollah and detained 30 people.
TURKISH FIRM TO BUILD CEMENT FACTORY IN SYRIA
Turkey-Syria relations have gained momentum after visa requirements were lifted mutually. Turkish construction and engineering firm Guris will build a cement factory in Syrian city of Raqqa. A ground-breaking ceremony was held with the participation of State Minister Zafer Caglayan and Syrian Minister of Economy & Trade Lamia Assi. The factory will be the biggest Turkish investment in the Middle East. It will cost about 285 million euro.
TURKS RETURN FROM TUNISIA
Turkish government sent a Boeing 777 plane to evacuate Turkish citizens from Tunisia after weeks of violent protests left dozens of people dead in the north African country. Turkish Ambassador to Tunisia Akin Algan said that Turkish citizens did not face any problems.
Security forces have mobilized to find members of the Hezbollah organization who vanished after being released from prison under an amendment to the Code of Criminal Procedure. Police raided several houses in Adana, Mersin, Gaziantep and Izmir and detained 32 people.
Turk Telekom Arena, Galatasaray's new stadium, opened doors with a spectacular ceremony. There was an audio-visual show before the opening friendly between Galatasaray and Ajax. Following the show, everybody applauded Turkish pop star Kenan Dogulu.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was also there to watch the first half of the friendly match. However, he left the stadium before the match when he was protested by a group of Galatasaray fans. Ministers, chairmen of the federation and clubs left the stadium together with Erdogan. Galatasaray Chairman Adnan Polat said, "I apologize. Those, who are responsible for this, will be punished."
20 COUNTRIES WATCHING TURKISH TV DRAMAS
Turkish TV dramas replaced Brazilian soap operas in 20 countries, selling a total of 50 million USD in 2010. Turkish TV series are very popular in Arab countries because of "mosques seen in the background instead of churches, common words such as insallah and masallah, and the popularity of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan."
END TO WINTER TIME?
A parliamentary committee and Energy Ministry expressed a joint opinion that "winter time practice should come to an end and summer time should continue whole year." Foreign Ministry said "no."
70 percent of people requested summer time, arguing that "winter time was causing a down mood."
"GOVERNMENT PAVED THE WAY"
Former police chiefs Sadettin Tantan and Hasan Ozdemir said government paved the way for escape of Hezbollah members.
Tantan, who was the interior minister during operations against Hezbollah, said police should have followed Hezbollah members after they were released from jail.
"They have been let go by showing some problems as excuses," Tantan said.
Hasan Ozdemir, who led the operations as the then police chief in Istanbul, said, "it is now almost impossible to find them because they do not use technology."
GRAND OPENING WITH PROTESTS
Turk Telekom Arena, Galatasaray's new stadium, opened with a friendly against Ajax. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was protested with the crowd hissing when he entered the stadium.
Erdogan, who was said to make a speech, cancelled his speech and left the stadium together with his ministers.
TOURISM TO BE BADLY DAMAGED
Tourism Restaurant Investors & Operators Association reacted to new alcohol rules which were backed by Prime Minister Erdogan. According to a study by the association, nearly 1.2 million workers from 100,000 restaurants and bars will be affected by the new regulation. Concerts and festivals will be no more organized, alcohol sales will shift to grey market, and even foreigners will not be able to drink alcoholic beverages.
TURKISH CITIZENS RETURNS FROM TUNISIA
Turkish citizens in Tunisia has been evacuated as unrest has swept the country. The Turkish Airlines (THY) sent a Boeing 777 to evacuate Turkish citizens from Tunisia. More than 300 Turkish citizens were brought to Istanbul after weeks of violent protests over unemployment, food price rises and corruption left dozens of people dead in the North African country.
REACTION AGAINST ERDOGAN AT OPENING OF NEW STADIUM
Galatasaray held their first match in their new home stadium against Ajax of the Netherlands. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was in attendance at the opening of the Turk Telekom Arena. However, he left the stadium without watching the game after some supporters of the Galatasaray protested him.
"WE ARE TALKING TO ALL THE WORLD UNDER EQUAL CONDITIONS"
Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu, one of the top Turks whose name is mentioned most in Wikileaks documents, has broken the mold of silent diplomacy and spoke to Hurriyet.
"Turkish foreign policy has never been and will not be adventurer. But it has to be creative and initiative taker. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, knew how to talk to the world under equal conditions. We are following this legacy," he said.
HEZBOLLAH OPERATION: 32 DETAINED
12 members of the Turkish Hezbollah are on the run. Police launched an operation against Hezbollah in Adana, Mersin, Gaziantep and Izmir and detained 32 people.
THY CARRIES 333 TURKS BACK TO TURKEY FROM TUNISIA
A THY plane landed at Enfidha Airport by special permission as the Tunisia's air space was closed to traffic. The Boeing 777 plane carried 333 Turks back to Turkey from Tunisia. There are around 1,000 Turks living in this country.
ZEYBEK ELECTED DP CHAIRMAN
Former Culture Minister Namik Kemal Zeybek has been elected the new chairman of Democratic Party.
LET'S SELL EMPTY FACTORIES TO TURKS
Greece has offered Turkish businessmen to purchase empty factory buildings at a reasonable price in the country struggling with heavy impacts of the economic crisis. Union of Chambers & Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) Chairman Rifat Hisarciklioglu, who is currently in Greece to attend Turkey-Greece Regional Business Forum, said that impacts of the global financial crisis on Greek economy, were more serious than thought. "The crisis in Greece can create a big investment opportunity for Turkish industrialists," he said.
ZEYBEK ELECTED NEW LEADER OF DP
Namik Kemal Zeybek has been elected new leader of the Democratic Party (DP). Six candidates ran in the election. Zeybek was elected after receiving 566 votes in the third round of election.
GALATASARAY MOVE INTO THEIR NEW TEMPLE
Galatasaray said good-bye to their old stadium Ali Sami Yen and moved to Turk Telekom Arena. They took the field for the first test in a friendly against Ajax. The match ended scoreless. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was among the attendants of a ceremony for the grand opening of Turk Telekom Arena.
IT'S ZEYBEK TIME IN DP
Former minister Namik Kemal Zeybek has been elected the new chairman of Democratic Party (DP). A total of 6 candidates were running in the party congress. Zeybek won 566 votes in the third round of election. Zeybek pledged to win parliamentary elections.