TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MAY 11

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on May 11, 2010. The World Bulletin does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON MAY 11

TURKIYE
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BITTER FAREWELL FROM BAYKAL
Deniz Baykal had his name were written in history as the first political party chairman who resigned over a hidden camera footage. Baykal, who has been in politics for 50 years, said the scandalous videotape was a "conspiracy".
"Sometimes, you hide cameras inside some objects, you record images of people displaying their most unprotected states, then you distort those images by cutting, pasting and photomontage," Baykal said.
Baykal also said that his resignation did not mean running away or giving in, on the contrary, it was a challenge.

ERDOGAN: PUTTING BLAME ON US IS IMMORAL ACCUSATION
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted harshly upon Deniz Baykal's accusing the government for the scandalous videotape. "We said 'Let us hope these are not true'. Baykal's trying to put the blame on us despite our well intention is a defamatory accusation," Erdogan said.

ZAMAN
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ERDOGAN SAYS BAYKAL'S REMARKS UGLY
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan harshly criticized the main opposition Republican People's Party leader Deniz Baykal who accused the government regarding a videotape scandal. Baykal resigned of his post after the release of a videotape allegedly showing him and a female CHP deputy in a bedroom. Erdogan said Baykal's remarks were "ugly." Erdogan said, "I hope he puts an end to both this mental state and his involuntary reactions caused by the trauma he is going through."

MEDVEDEV TO COME TO TURKEY WITH SIGNIFICANT PROJECTS
Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev will arrive in Turkey on Tuesday with projects worth billions dollars. During Medvedev's two-day visit to Turkey, several important agreements on visa procedure, natural gas and establishment of nuclear power plant in Turkey will be signed.

YENI SAFAK
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DENIZ WITHDRAWS
A videotape scandal brought the end of the road for Deniz Baykal who sealed half century of Republican People's Party (CHP). Baykal said "a conspiracy of two weeks" for his videotape with CHP Ankara deputy Nesrin Baytok, and then he resigned from his post.

I BELIEVE IN SINCERITY OF MESSAGE I RECEIVED FROM PENNSYLVANIA
While announcing his resignation, Baykal --without giving a name-- said that Fethullah Gulen was not involved in the incident. Baykal said, "I would like to say that I believe in the sincerity of the sadness and supportive message I received from Pennsylvania, U.S."

DISHONORABLE SLANDER
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the statements of Deniz Baykal who kept the government responsible for the videotape scandal were as much ugly as the incident itself. Erdogan said, "this is an immoral slander. Baykal, who lost his calmness, is struggling in a delirium."
 

VATAN
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IF BAYKAL NOT RETURN, KILICDAROGLU TO BE LEADER
The atmosphere within the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) is intends re-election of Deniz Baykal as chairman in the congress meeting on May 22. Baykal, himself, also left a door open for a return, but if he is not elected, the sole candidate is Gandhi Kemal (Kemal Kilicdaroglu).

I WON'T BE CANDIDATE
Kemal Kilicdaroglu clearly said that he would not be candidate for chairman of CHP. Kilicdaroglu said, "Mr. Baykal was subject to an injustice which disturbed all of us. Conscience of the society does not accept it. We are sorry. We wish none of them happened."

CHP TO CONTINUE WITH SELVI TILL CONGRESS MEETING
CHP Central Executive Board decided to recommend Cevdet Selvi as acting chairman till the party's congress meeting on May 22. A voting will take place for deputy chairman Selvi at party assembly today.

CUMHURIYET
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BAYKAL QUITS
Deniz Baykal said the government was the responsible party for the conspiracy and he resigned as Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman.
Announcing his long-waited decision, Baykal said, "This is not just a matter related to a videotape, but a two-week conspiracy by the government. Those who look like condemning this conspiracy are actually those that were involved in this shameful incident".
Baykal also said that his resignation did not mean he gave in but it was a challenge.

ORGANIZATION TO CALL BACK
Following Baykal's resignation, the CHP assembly that will take place on May 22-23 has gained importance. Sources said that Baykal would be "called back" and he would be listed as the "only candidate". CHP's spokesperson Mustafa Ozyurek said Baykal would not attend the general assembly.

RADIKAL
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BAYKAL IN POLITICS FOR HALF-CENTURY
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal resigned of his post on Monday. He has engaged in politics for half-century. Deniz Baykal, born on July 20, 1938 in Antalya is a Turkish politician who was the long-time leader of CHP. Baykal was elected a member of the Turkish parliament from CHP in 1973. Baykal served as the Minister of Finance of the 37th government, Minister of Energy & Natural Resources of the 42nd government and Minister of Foreign Affairs as well as Deputy Prime Minister of the 52nd government. He became CHP's Secretary General in 1988, and in 1992, he was elected the leader of the party, a post he held until yesterday.

COUNCIL OF STATE'S PRESIDENT: REFERENDUM CANNOT BE HELD
Council of State's President Mustafa Birden said that the real goal of constitutional amendment bill was to change structures of the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) and the Constitutional Court. Birden said regulations limiting jurisdiction could not be resorted to referendum.
 

HURRIYET
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"THIS IS A CONSPIRACY"
Main opposition party leader Deniz Baykal resigned of his post on Monday after a video tape allegedly featuring Baykal having an affair with a female deputy of CHP was released on a video-sharing web-site last week. Baykal held a press conference and said that his resignation did not mean running away or giving in. Baykal said that he would not surrender to that dark campaign, and he would not allow anybody investigate him due to that illegal and immoral conspiracy.

MEDVEDEV COMING TO TURKEY WITH FOUR PLANES
Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev will arrive in Turkish capital of Ankara today to sign more than 20 agreements including an agreement on liberalization of visa between the two countries. Medvedev who is expected to be in Ankara in the evening will first meet with Turkish President Abdullah Gul over dinner at Cankaya Presidential Palace. Medvedev will begin his talks on Wednesday. Gul and Medvedev will have a tete-a-tete meeting and hold a press conference.

MILLIYET
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BAYKAL QUITS BUT ORGANIZATION DOES NOT LEAVE BAYKAL
While quitting his post, main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman Deniz Baykal gave the signals of a "stronger return" by saying "struggle will continue". Party administration and provincial organizations took action ahead of the CHP congress meeting which will take place two weeks later.

IT IS RULING, NOT PENNSYLVANIA
Republican People's Party (CHP) former chairman Deniz Baykal said that he received a phone call from Fethullah Gulen (living in Pennsylvania, U.S.) and he considered it was sincere. Baykal also claimed that the videotape conspiracy was set up by the ruling. However, he did not show a proof.

IMMORAL SLANDER
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan got very angry with the accusations of CHP's former leader Deniz Baykal. Erdogan noted that they had been trying to block the circulation of the ugly videotape, which was immoral and against family values, from the moment they had learned about it. Erdogan said it was a big slander and a sign of delirium trying to put the blame on political power. "We hoped it was not true. But we felt sorry that Baykal did not and could not deny the videotape," he added.

SABAH
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HE LEAVES DOOR OPEN
Deniz Baykal resigned as Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman saying the video tape about him was a conspiracy, however, he told his co-workers that "he was ready to carry out every duty assigned by his party". Convening CHP's central executive board prior to his resignation, Baykal said he would not attend his party's general assembly on May 22.

BAYKAL: CONSPIRACY IS APPROVED BY GOVERNMENT; ERDOGAN: IMMORAL ACCUSATION
Baykal blamed the government for the hidden camera footage. "It is not possible to prepare and bring this conspiracy to the agenda in two weeks time without the cognizance and approval of the government. Those who look like condemning this conspiracy are actually those that were involved in this shameful incident," he said.
Replying to Baykal, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "It is an immoral slander and a sign of delirium trying to put the blame on the government. Nobody can force our party share the ugliness he/she has participated in. From the moment we heard about this incident, we tried to prevent it from spreading around".
 

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