TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JAN 27

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on January 27, 2011. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON JAN 27

TURKIYE
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CONSTITUTION PECULIAR TO US
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave clues about the new constitution. Erdogan made interesting remarks about current issues on agenda and said, "we do not want an imitated constitution, the new constitution should be peculiar to us. The nation will draw our road map."

"ONE MINUTE" STAKE MADE WEF MISS TURKEY
Turkey will be the star of the World Economic Forum (WEF) to which it has not attended for two years. Turkey is participating in the Davos summit that begins on Thursday. Klaus Schwab, the founder of the WEF, said they were pleased to see global power Turkey back again in Davos.

ZAMAN
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I CAN INSTRUCT DDK FOR DINK ASSASSINATION
President Abdullah Gul said that journalist Hrant Dink murder harmed the image of Turkey and Turks, and said he could authorize the State Inspection Board (DDK) if necessary to deal with the Dink case.

JUDICIARY THAT KEEPS 1,800,000 FILES WAITING IS A COLLAPSED JUDICIARY
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made significant remarks regarding the reasons why the government was planning some legal amendments to the Supreme Court and the Council of State. Erdogan said 1,800,000 files were kept waiting at the high court, and said 15,000 cases resulted in lapse of time in a year. Erdogan said, "if 15,000 files result in lapse of time a year, this means that judiciary has collapsed in that country."

YENI SAFAK
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SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS LIFE SENTENCE FOR TURKISH HEZBOLLAH OPERATIVES
Turkey's Supreme Court of Justice on Wednesday approved life sentences given to operatives of the Turkish Hezbollah in a belated ruling which came after some three weeks the convicts were set free from prison under an amendment to the Turkish criminal procedures law. The convicts, including masterminds such as Edip Gumus, Cemal Tutar and Fuat Balca, are still at large.

SURVEY SHOWS MAIN HALF OF MAIN OPPOSTION SUPPORTERS NOT AGAINST HEADSCARF
Statistical data from a survey have shown that 52 percent of the main opposition Republican People's Party voters had said headscarf was not a threat to Turkey's secular principles. The figure was even higher with overall participants of the survey with 79.1 percent of them said "women wearing headscarf posed no threat to Turkey's secular structure."
 

VATAN
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LEADERS DISAGREE WITH TURKISH PREMIER OVER PRESIDENTIAL SYSTEM
Senior figures from the ruling party in Turkey as well as the main opposition voiced support to Turkish President Abdullah Gul who had expressed his reservations over a debate on introducing a presidential system in the country, an idea which was backed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "I believe that Turkey will be much better off with the parliamentary system, despite there are a few drawbacks to it," Deputy Premier Bulent Arinc said. Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin joined Arinc on the issue, saying, "I agree with Mr. President. I certainly have some reservations, too." Leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu, said the president's remarks "made me happy. I wish he would have spoken his mind earlier."

HIGH COURT UPHOLDS LIFE SENTENCES ON TURKISH HEZBOLLAH OPERATIVES
Turkey's High Court of Appeals has upheld sentences for ten senior operatives of the Turkish Hezbollah, including the group's mastermind Edip Gumus, yet the convicts are still at large after they were released from prison some three weeks ago under an amendment to the country's criminal procedures law. The suspects were charged with killing of hundreds of people.

CUMHURIYET
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RESISTANCE CALL FROM CHP
The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) said the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party was trying to render ineffective the Constitutional Court, Supreme Court and the Council of State with its bills. CHP argued that the AK Party was establishing a "fascist judiciary" step by step. CHP members of the Parliament's constitution and justice committee and Akif Hamzacebi, the deputy chairman of CHP group at parliament, compared the current government to "Hitler era" and said, "the government aims to hit the final stroke on laws and democracy, and therefore we are concerned."

PRESIDENTIAL SYSTEM DIVISION
After President Gul, Deputy Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc and Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin expressed "reservations" for the presidential system Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants. Sahin said, "I remember using some time ago the president's remarks that the presidential system has both advantages and disadvantages'. My views are similar to those of the president." Arinc said, "I think the parliamentary system will bear better results for Turkey."

RADIKAL
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JUDICIARY: THE MOST UNDERDEVELOPED AND INTROVERTED INSTITUTION OF TURKEY
President Abdullah Gul said the judiciary was the most underdeveloped and the most introverted institution of Turkey. Regarding slain journalist Hrant Dink murder, Gul said, "we could not protect our citizen, and I fell ashamed."

"RESERVATION" SUPPORT FROM ARINC AND SAHIN
Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin and Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister Bulent Arinc supported President Abdullah Gul's remarks that he had reservations about the presidential system.

LIFE IMPRISONMENT SENTENCE AFTER ASSAILANTS RAN AWAY
The Supreme Court rapidly upheld the life imprisonment sentence given to 16 suspects of the terrorist organization Hezbullah case. However, nine of the suspects who were kept in prison for ten years, are free today. If the Supreme Court had made this decision a month ago, the suspects would have been in prison, not in the streets.
 

HURRIYET
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ERDOGAN DEFENDS NEW LAW ON TOBACCO&ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan has defended a new law limiting use of tobacco products and alcoholic drinks, saying that the provisions of the law conformed with the Constitution. "We did not ban sale of alcoholic drinks. Articles 58 and 59 of the Constitution are crystal clear about the protection of the youth. There is no religious motivation here," Erdogan said.

GUL SAYS MAY ORDER PROBE INTO THE KILLING OF TURKISH-ARMENIAN JOURNALIST
Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Wednesday said he might order a presidential inspection body to scrutinize a case over the killing of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink. "I would not hesitate to put the State Supervisory Council on work if the case falls under the Council's jurisdiction. The killing came as of no surprise. There is certainly a negligence," Gul said.

ELEVEN KILLED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT NEAR ANKARA
Eleven people were killed and five others were wounded when a minibus carrying them collided head on early Wednesday with a truck in Beypazari town near the Turkish capital, Ankara.

MILLIYET
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HEAVY STATEMENT
Ten lawmakers from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) released a statement as a reaction to the changes to be made in the higher judiciary, and called on the nation to launch a legitimate resistance.
The CHP lawmakers, who were also members of the Parliament's constitution and justice committees, compared reconstruction of the Constitutional Court and establishment of new departments in the Supreme Court and the Council of State to initiatives exerted during Nazi Germany.
The five-page statement said, "the government aims to hit the final stroke on laws and democracy with a new constitution it plans to prepare and implement after the general elections."
The statement also said, "we are warning all our citizens against an obvious and close threat, and we voice the obligation to use our rights on a legitimate ground."

WE ARE OBLIGED TO, AND I WILL MAKE OUR EXECUTIVES SCRUTINIZE IT
President Abdullah Gul defined the negligence in slain Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink case as "grave," and said he would authorize the State Inspection Board to deal with the issue.
Milliyet daily newspaper asked Gul about the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling that sentenced Turkey due to Dink case. Gul replied, "you could not protect your citizen, and the negligence is obvious. People were caught however nothing has been concluded or closed although so much time has passed. This is a great infirmity. I feel myself so ashamed, and I cannot defend ourselves saying that we have done everything right."

EYES ON ERDOGAN
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said some time ago that Turkey needed to discuss presidential system. The previous day, President Abdullah Gul gave the messages that he did not welcome that system. Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin said, "I am thinking just like our president." Another support to Gul came from Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister Bulent Arinc, who said, "although it has some deficient sides, I think the parliamentary system will bear better results for Turkey."

SABAH
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LET'S MEET AT SUMMIT
The 25th Winter Universiade will begin in the eastern province of Erzurum with the slogan, "let's meet at the summit of Anatolia." The opening ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m.

I AM NOT FAULTLESS PERSON
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "I told them because of the tension those days, I am not a faultless person" when commenting on his remarks that "they are drinking till they sneeze (till they get out of control)."
Regarding the lapse of time happened to 15,000 files at the Supreme Court, Erdogan said, "this means that judiciary has collapsed in that country." Erdogan addressed to the liberal intellectuals and said, "the nation determines the result of elections, not the language of intellectuals."
Erdogan said the government would prepare the new constitution with a consensus, and Turkey needed an understandable constitution.
The prime minister estimated the possible votes his Justice & Development (AK) Party will get in the upcoming general elections around 45-50 percent, and the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) around 20-25 percent. Erdogan said the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) would get just enough votes to pass the electoral threshold.

WE HAVE FOUND FOOTPRINTS, BUT...
President Abdullah Gul made interesting remarks to journalists in Strasbourg. When asked about journalist Necip Hablemitoglu murder, Gul said he was the prime minister of Turkey then, and added, "we have found footprints."
 

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