-----KILICDAROGLU SITS AT BAYKAL'S SEAT
Former office of Deniz Baykal now officially belongs to Kemal Kilicdaroglu. The new leader of the Republican People's Party visited Deniz Baykal after taking office. "I learned his opinions. No hard feelings," said Kilicdaroglu.
DEMOCRACY GAP SHOULD BE CLOSED
Chairperson of the Turkish Businessmen's and Industrialists' Association, Umit Boyner, said the country needed inner peace. She said conflicts would continue as long as a pluralist parliamentarian system with high a representation ratio was not introduced. The Kurdish issue is a reflection of the democratization issue. We will solve this problem by closing the democracy gap," said Boyner.
---KILICDAROGLU MUST COOPERATE WITH GOVERNMENT FOR REFORMS, OOMEN-RUIJTEN
European Parliament (EP) Turkey Rapporteur Ria Oomen-Ruijten said that the new leadership at Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) was "a great change". Oomen-Ruijten said that CHP's new chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu must cooperate with the Turkish government for reforms.
INDUSTRY & TRADE MINISTER ERGUN TO OPEN OFFICE IN ISTANBUL
Minister of Industry and Trade Nihat Ergun will open an office in north-western province of Istanbul. Ergun decided to open an office in Istanbul to be able to get together with businesspeople more frequently. Ergun will be in Istanbul for two days every week.
--------TURKEY AND SAUDI ARABIA SIGN MILITARY AGREEMENT
Turkey and Saudi Arabia signed a military agreement for scientific and technical cooperation in Ankara. Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug, and Saudi Arabia's Deputy Defense Minister and Prince Khaled bin Sultan signed the agreement at the General Staff HQs in Ankara. Gen. Basbug who spoke before the signature ceremony said the signing of the agreement would contribute to peace and stability in Middle East.
Turkey's Independent Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (MUSIAD) Chairperson Omer Cihad Vardan said, "the second wave of the global economic crisis may come from Europe. The first waves of the crisis have been prevented, but other structures spoiled by crisis still pose a risk." Vardan said, "judiciary reform and public administration reform are necessary and there is need for a pluralist, democratic and new constitution." He also proposed that a foreign exchange rate stability fund should be set up.
---WEST SEES NOW
Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende published pictures of children of 8-16 years old getting training in the camps of terrorist organization PKK at Qandil. The newspaper said that it was against international agreements to use children in clashes. Berlingske Tidende called on the UNICEF to save those children from the hands of PKK. PKK has around 3,000 children out of which 300 are girls.
BABY SEAT MANDATORY AS OF JUNE 1
Baby seats will be mandatory for Turkish vehicles as of June 1, 2010. The seats will be required for all babies and children who weigh 36 kilograms or less. A baby seat costs around 250-1,200 TL (165-790 USD).
--------KILICDAROGLU SETS OFF AFTER GETTING BAYKAL'S SUPPORT
The new Chairman of Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu, paid a visit to former chairman Deniz Baykal after taking office. After the visit, Kilicdaroglu said Baykal was pleased with the congress. "My greatest assurance is the people. We set off to solve their problems," said Kilicdaroglu. CHP leader said they would start the "race for government" with a trip to Zonguldak.
POLL COMPANY: DEMOCRACY WILL EASE
The owner of the A&G Poll company, Adil Gur, said Kemal Kilicdaroglu gave signals that he would make politics on the axis of Turkey's problems. Gur who pointed out that the polarization politics could come to an end said CHP should target voters from the left and the center. "50% of the voters in Turkey do not define their political preference as left or right," said Gur.
-----BAYKAL: "I DID NOT LEAVE POLITICS"
Deniz Baykal, former chairman of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), replied to questions on CNN Turk TV channel. Baykal said he started politics from scratch several times and he did not leave politics. "I continued to be engaged in politics even when I was banned from politics. I will continue to be in politics from now on," he said.
ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT ON PREMIER
Three members of DHKP/C, who were trained on bombs in Greece, were arrested on charges of planning terrorism-related bombings. Some said that those three people had plans to assassinate Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan by explosives hidden in dolls. It was claimed that they planned to explode bombs when Erdogan would give dolls as present to children.
------I WILL BE INVOLVED IN POLITICS AGAIN, BAYKAL
Former chairman of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Deniz Baykal said that he would continue to be in Turkish politics. "I do not think I need to be the chairman of CHP in order to conduct politics. My office is the only thing that has changed. I will continue to be involved in politics. I have a responsibility towards the CHP and Turkey. I will do what I have to do at the party or the parliament," Baykal said.
TURKEY & SAUDI ARABIA SIGN COOPERATION AGREEMENT
Turkey and Saudi Arabia signed an agreement for military training, and technical and scientific cooperation. Speaking at the signature ceremony, Chief of Turkish General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug said that the agreement would contribute to peace and stability in the Middle East.
------ONE HOUR WITH ERDOGAN
The Washington Post daily of the United States published an interesting story. After a nuclear fuel swap deal signed by Iran, Turkey and Brazil, U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan by phone. Obama told Erdogan that this development did not comply with the policy of his country. According to the news story, the phone conversation between Obama and Erdogan lasted for more than one hour.
BAYKAL: "I WILL CONTINUE TO BE IN POLITICS"
Deniz Baykal, former chairperson of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), said that he would be engaged in politics. "I was earlier banned from politics for five years. But I dealt with politics," he said. Baykal said he would attend rallies and party meetings.
---FIRST OFFICE, THAN BAYKAL
Kemal Kilicdaroglu who was elected the chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP) went to his office at the CHP HQs in Ankara. Kilicdaroglu who said he would try to shoulder the responsibility of the task paid a visit to former chairman Deniz Baykal at his residence. On his way out he said there were no hard feelings between them. "He was pleased with the congress. I will meet him whenever I feel the need," said Kilicdaroglu.
ATTACK ON POLICE PATROL INJURES TWO OFFICERS
Terrorists opened fire on a police patrol in northern province of Giresun with long range rifles. Two police officers were wounded.
3000 CHILD SOLDIERS IN PKK
Former manager of Roj TV, Zonoozi, made new confessions: "There are 3000 armed child soldiers in PKK between the ages of 8 and 16. 300 of these are girls."