Fenerbahce defeated Galatasaray 1-0 in a Super League game at Galatasaray's home ground Ali Sami Yen Stadium in Istanbul. Fenerbahce had previously beat Galatasaray 10 times at their home ground, Sukru Saracoglu Stadium. With the latest victory, Fenerbahce got the chance for leading the league again 3 points behind leaders Bursaspor which have 58 points. As usual, Galatasaray, which had been seen as the likely winners of the match experienced a major defeat at their home. They are now at the fourth place and 4 points behind Bursaspor, and 1 point behind Fenerbahce and Besiktas.
NOT MAYOR ANYMORE
Aytac Durak, who had to resign from Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) due to corruption allegations, was also removed from the office of "Mayor of Adana" by the Ministry of Interior yesterday. Durak was notified of the decision although it was Sunday. The developments which had Durak lose his post started with his friend Mustafa Tuncel's claims alleging that he got 2 billion USD. Upon daily Vatan's insistent stance on the issue, the Ministry of Interior launched an investigation.
GOVERNMENT SIGNALS MINOR RETOUCHES ON CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT BILL
Following consultations with political parties and civil society organizations, the AK Party government is expected to decide on the final version of a proposed constitutional amendment bill. Sources say the bill is scheduled to be submitted to the parliament later today or tomorrow. After a meeting at the AK Party headquarters on Sunday, a senior party member and head of parliament's constitution committee said there could be minor retouches on it but no substantial changes.
FORMER HEAD OF TURKEY'S BROADCAST WATCHDOG UNDER NEW SCRUTINY IN GERMANY
German prosecutors have reportedly launched an investigation into former head of Turkey's Radio and Television Higher Board, Zahid Akman, for his alleged involvement in fraud in a cooperative. Akman's name has been among suspects in what is considered the biggest charity fraud in the German history that came to be known as the Deniz Feneri e.V. scandal.
"PACKAGE CAN BE CHANGED"
The government worked hard on Sunday to submit the constitutional amendment package to the parliament as soon as possible. Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin said that they reviewed all articles in the package. He also added that several things could be added to the package.
Meanwhile, discussions over the package concentrated on the articles about the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) and the Constitutional court. Besides the opposition parties and the judicial circles, several organizations including the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) and the confederation of trade unions, Turk-Is, criticized the package.
HUMAN CHAIN AGAINST THIRD BRIDGE
A group of people protested the third bridge which is planned to be built on the Istanbul Strait. Members of "Platform for Life instead of Third Bridge" formed a one-km long human chain to protest plans for a new bridge.
SHE COMES WITH A PIGEON
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will arrive in Ankara today, gave warm messages. "I will bring Mr. Erdogan the picture of a white pigeon drawn by a little kid," Merkel said.
Merkel, who will visit Turkey after 4 years, will meet with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and then be received by President Abdullah Gul in the Turkish capital today. Sharing her second day for cultural activities, Merkel will pay visits to Hagia Sophia and Sultanahmet mosques in Istanbul.
FINAL TOUCH ON CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
Prime Minister Erdogan worked for 7.5 hours with the government's legist members and Justice and Development (AK) Party's senior officials at the party headquarters yesterday. AK Party administration gave up the model which envisaged the rapporteurs of the Constitutional Court to be members of the Supreme Court of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) as well. AK Party's Burhan Kuzu said that they would get together on Monday again to give the constitutional package its final shape.
GERMAN CHANCELLOR SET TO BEGIN TURKEY VISIT
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to arrive today in Turkey on a formal visit as the guest of his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Ahead of the visit, Merkel appeared in a video recording posted on her website, responding once again to Erdogan's call for the opening of Turkish-instructing schools in Germany. "What we want is the integration of people who live among us. And that involves learning how to speak German," she said.
COURT RELEASES GENERAL IN PROBE OVER SUSPECTED COUP PLOT
An Istanbul court released a high-profile general in an investigation over a suspected coup plot which has been dubbed as "the Sledgehammer". General Abdullah Dalay was released as the court underlined lack of evidence and any suspicion of escape after a three-hour interrogation by prosecutors.
GANG LEADER ARRESTED
Erkan Ergun, former player of Adanaspor soccer club, was arrested for his alleged involvement in match-fixing. Ergun is accused of leading a mob. He was sent to prison.
MERKEL TO COME TO ANKARA TODAY
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will come to Ankara later today on a two-day state visit. She is set to meet with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul.
TURKEY'S ECONOMY BEGINS RECOVERING ITSELF
Turkey's growth rate for the last quarter of 2009 will be announced on Wednesday. Turkey's economy got narrowed by 8.4 percent in the first three quarters of 2009. Now, analysts expect a 4 percent growth. Economy had begun shrinking due to the impact of global financial crisis as of the last quarter of 2008. Foreign trade figures will also be announced the same day. Economists predicted imports would be around 11.7 billion USD and exports would be around 8.3 billion USD.