IT LOOKS LIKE ISSUE TO BE VOTED BY PUBLIC
Commenting on objections to constitutional amendments, State Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek said that referendum was the last resort.
"In a democracy, the final decision shall be given by the public. It looks like this issue will be carried to a referendum. We are exercising authority on behalf of the nation. We may deliver the issue to the actual player and it may have a historical answer to those wrong remarks," Cicek said.
WE ARE UNDER SERIOUS THREAT OF HSYK
Constitutional Court's rapporteur Osman Can said that whenever they desired to express a democratic reaction, they were faced with the Supreme Court of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), Council of State or Supreme Court of Appeals. "As members of the democratic judiciary, we feel it more and more each passing day," Can said.
BOZDAG: NGOS MORE PREPARED FOR CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS THAN CHP AND MHP
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party has completed, to a great extent, discussions with political parties and non-governmental organizations on the planned Constitutional amendments. A high level executive of the AK Party, Bekir Bozdag, said that "we had very positive discussions. NGOs seem more ready for Constitutional amendments than the Republican People's Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP)".
TWO IMPORTANT GESTURES FROM ANKARA TO ARMENIANS LIVING IN TURKEY
Ankara has made two important gestures to Armenians living in Turkey while protocols signed between Turkey and Armenia wait to be ratified by the parliaments of the respective countries. Ankara has taken a decision to permit a religious rite at eastern province of Van's Akdamar Church once every year in September. Furthermore, the Turkish government began preparations so that "minority schools" admit foreign students for education.
NATION WILL DECIDE ON HISTORIC MATTER
Deputy Premier Cemil Cicek, who has been briefing the labour unions and employers' associations on the government's constitutional amendments package, said if the package did not receive the required 367 votes, they would carry it to referendum and let the nation decide on the historic issue.
Cemil Cicek who continued his tour of NGOs with TUSKON, DISK and TUSIAD commented on the referendum choice and said, "our nation always comes before politicians."
While DISK wanted the entire 1982 constitution to be amended, TUSIAD said there was disagreement on the amendment package.
OECD PRAISES TURKEY IN FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION
Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development gave a good mark to Turkey in the fight against corruption.
OECD in its report welcomed and praised the measures taken by Turkey against corruption in international trade.
"OBESE" REPORT INCLUDED IN FILE
A report regarding Ergenekon Prosecutor Zekeriya Oz's not serving in the army due to "exogen obesity", has been included in court files.
Ankara Court of First Instance no: 14 accepted the demand of Ergenekon suspect Ergun Poyraz and requested information from the Defense Ministry about the military records of Oz.
According to a document sent to the court from the Military Recruitment Department, prosecutor Oz, who weighed 114.5 kg at the time, started his military service in the western Kutahya province in 1999, however, he was sent on a 9-month sick leave due to health problems. In 2000, he was diagnosed with "exogen obesity" and doctors said he was not suitable for military service.
"GOAL" ORDER FROM COLOGNE
A shocking allegation had been brought forward in the match-fixing scandal in Turkey. Accordingly, gang members in Germany determined even the number of goals to be scored in the matches played in Turkish leagues.
The gang, led by Nurettin Gunay who was arrested in Cologne, arranged "surprise games" by paying 5-10 thousand Turkish liras to each of the players of division 2 and division 3 teams.
Culture Ministry approved a decision which allows that a religious rite could take place in the second week of September every year at Akdamar Church in the eastern province of Van. The decision was assessed as a gesture which was made just before the meeting that will take place between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Armenian Community leader Bedros Sirinoglu today.
SEPARATION OF POWERS, ALSO TUSIAD'S UNEASINESS
Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek visited Turkish Industrialists' & Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) yesterday regarding the Constitutional amendments package. TUSIAD Chairperson Umit Boyner said, "we are sharing the same views regarding basic rights and freedoms. However, we have difference of opinion regarding separation of powers."
PACKAGE RISE IN MARKETS
Stock exchange boomed thanks to both the positive wind over foreign markets and the expectations about closure of a political party's getting difficult with the Constitutional amendment package in Turkey. Istanbul Stock Exchange (IMKB) main index closed at 57,044.66 with a 3.46 percent rise yesterday. There was an intensive purchase of banking shares.
PASSPORT WITH CHIP TO COST AT LEAST 300 TL
Turkish citizens will begin using new passports with chips as of June 1, 2010. Each new passport will cost at least 300 liras to obtain.
NEW HOMES TO BE PAID BACK IN 15 YEARS
Turkey's Housing Administration (TOKI) will sell 5,819 new homes in 2010. Individuals planning to buy homes can pay back their loans in 15 years. TOKI's homes will be in sale in 27 provinces. The price for a new TOKI home is around 58,000 liras. Monthly installments for a new home is approximately 295 liras.
APPROVAL FOR PROPAGANDA IN MOTHER TONGUE
A proposal to permit verbal propaganda in Kurdish in elections was adopted by the Constitutional Committee of the Parliament on Thursday. The proposal was adopted with the cooperation of the Justice and Development (AK) Party and Peace and Democracy Party (BDP). Deputies of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) voted against the proposal while deputies of the Republican People's Party (CHP) abstained.
AFTER 95 YEARS...
Despite the tension in relations, Turkey has made a gesture to Armenians. Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism permitted a religious rite to take place at eastern province of Van's Akdamar Church once every year in September. Armenians from all around the world will be invited to the rite every year.
GERMANY WITHHOLDS KEY DOCUMENT ON DENIZ FENERI
Germany, upon Turkey's refusal to allow its demand to interrogate the principals of the Deniz Feneri e.V. embezzlement in Turkey, has been not responding to the call of the Turkish prosecutors, who have been asking for the hard disks containing unofficial accountant records and the fake receipts for seven months, which would deeply affect the course of the investigation in Turkey. Sources who spoke on condition of anonymity said the underlying cause was the lack of confidence for the Turkish government.
Turkish prosecutors who are running the investigation in Turkey found a similar document to the accountant records in Germany. Turkish prosecutors who want to compare the two records also demanded the fake receipts issue for distribution of charities. Turkey demands the original receipts in order to make a forensic examination of the receipts.
TURKEY CLIMBING UP TOWARDS TOP OF UNEMPLOYMENT LEAGUE
A report by the renown U.S. Forbes finance magazine showed Turkey climbed from 29th place to 4th place in the ranking of countries with the fastest growing rate of employment. Turkey was ranked the fourth country with the biggest rate of increase in unemployment behind Ireland, Slovakia and Denmark.
Statistics authorities who have announced that the unemployment rose 3.2% in September, announced the unemployment rate of the country as 13.1%. Our neighbour Greece entered rankings from the 10th place with a 9.7% of unemployment.
KEY CONCEPT WITH YEREVAN IS FAIR MEMORY
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Turkey wanted Turks and Armenians to have a real peace, and thus, Turkey wanted to make contact with Armenian diaspora. Davutoglu said, "fair memory... This is the key concept. We should make empathy to understand what Armenians passed through, and in return, they should show respect to our memory."
WORSHIP IN AKDAMAR
A religious rite can take place in the second week of September every year at the church on Akdamar island in the eastern province of Van. Van's Governor Munir Karakoglu said that it was very important for belief tourism.
FOUR ARRESTED IN GAME-FIXING OPERATION
In the game-fixing investigation --which is carried out by Sariyer Prosecutor and then spread to various cities of the country--, coach Arif Erdem, goal-keeper Kenan Hasagic and player Taner Gulleri of Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyespor (who were earlier detained) were released. Former international soccer player Fatih Akyel, player Recep Ozturk from Konyaspor, chairman Temel Eyupoglu of Tepecikspor and Ali Riza Gultekin were arrested under the investigation.