JAPANS HAVE NOT DISCOVERED US YET
Speaking at Turkish-Japanese Friendship reception at Istanbul's Ciragan Palace which was also participated by Japanese Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, President Abdullah Gul said that the potential between Turkey and Japan was very high. He said, "I think, Japanese companies have not discovered Turkey yet."
DOUBLE DIGITS IN INFLATION
Consumer prices rose 0.6 percent, and producer prices increased 2.35 percent in April. Annual inflation as of April was 10.19 percent in consumer prices and 10.42 percent in producer prices.
CLOSURE OF POLITICAL PARTIES FAILS TO PASS
Constitutional amendment package's article 8 which gives the authority to close a political party to the Parliament received 327 votes. The article dropped from the package after it failed to receive the required 330 votes. Votes were counted twice to prevent a confusion, but the result did not change.
PRESIDENT GUL TRIES TOYOTA'S NEW VEHICLE
President Abdullah Gul met with Japanese Prince Tomohito of Mikasa at Istanbul's Ciragan Palace. Gul tested Toyota's personal mobility vehicle i-Real. Gul wanted the vehicle to be manufactured in Turkey too.
RULING FAILS, PARTY CLOSURE ARTICLE DROPS
Justice & Development (AK) Party failed in the second round of debates on constitutional amendment package. The article 8 --which makes it difficult to close political parties and gives the authority of filing lawsuit to close a political party to the Parliament-- could not receive 330 votes required for referendum. The article dropped with 327 votes. Even if the other articles pass, article 8 will not be resorted to referendum.
FULL HEAD ON
Constitutional amendment package's Article 8 which aims to make it harder to shut down political parties, remained at 327 and was rejected, partly thanks to the efforts of the alliance between Republican People's Party (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and Peace and Democracy Party (BDP). Votes in favour of the article remained below the threshold in the voting attended by 410 deputies. Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin announced that the article was rejected.
Erdogan who spoke to reporters after the voting said lawmakers acted on their free will. "This clearly reveals the ones who exert pressure on the ballot booths," said Erdogan.
GUL LOVES I-REAL
The Japanese delegation who came to Turkey on the occasion of the "Turkish Year" visited President Abdullah Gul. Gul who made a test drive with I-Real, the "single seated" automobile manufactured by Toyota, liked the vehicle a lot.
WE LOST A PIECE OF OUR HEART
Those words do not belong to a relative of Lieutenant Ahmet Altunoglu who was killed by PKK terrorists in Lice town of the southeastern province of Diyarbakir. Those words belong to Diyarbakir's Mayor Osman Baydemir (who is a member of Peace & Democracy Party). All the people in the northern province of Samsun attended the funeral ceremony of Lieutenant Altunoglu. His father Mehmet Altunoglu said, "I buried my pain. I will not please the traitors by crying."
MY HEART DOES NOT SUPPORT THIS
Regarding the failure of article 8 (on closure of political parties) in constitutional amendment package, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "this is a good result which is a requirement of a democratic parliamentarian system. However, my heart does not support this result."
AK PARTY'S PACKAGE DAMAGED
The estimation that the controversial articles of the constitutional package could be rejected came true in Monday's voting. The votes in favour of the article on the dissolution of political parties remained at 327. Justice and Development (AK) Party lost at least 8 votes from its own deputies. Now all eyes are turned on the other fundamental articles like the amendments on the structure of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors.
Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) which supported Article 8 in the first round did not attend the second voting.
RULING PARTY SHAKES: ERDOGAN'S FIRST FRUSTRATION
The rejection of the constitutional amendment article on the dissolution of political parties created a shock in AK Party. After the voting, Premier Erdogan held a meeting with ministers and senior party officials, from which a decision to proceed with the voting emerged. Erdogan who said "you have already written history," in his address to the deputies of his party in the beginning of the second round, failed to take a grip on the deputies of his party for the first time in his seven years in office.
AND AMENDMENT PACKAGE DAMAGED
The ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party which walked a tight robe in the first round of the voting on the constitutional amendment package, was frustrated in the voting of Article 8 which is one of the three most controversial amendments. Article 8 which makes it harder to shut down political parties, received 327 votes and failed to pass the threshold of 330. With this result Article 8 was rejected.
Besides Republican People's Party (CHP) and Democratic Left Party (DSP), Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) also did not attend the voting this time. AK Party which attended the voting with all of its 335 deputies lost at least 8 votes from its own deputies. Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "Withdrawing the package is out of the question. I find this result favorable as a natural prerequisite of democratic regimes. Of course my heart did not desire the outcome."
INFLATION TURNED OUT TO BE CARNIVOROUS
The inflation rates saw double digits in April. Consumer Prices Index rose 0.6% while Producer Prices Index rose 2.35%. Over 9% rise in agricultural products was striking.
Deputy Premier Ali Babacan said, "If the meat prices had progressed in the normal course, the annual inflation would have been between 8.5% and 10.2%, meat prices account for 1.7% of the inflation," said Babacan.
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE PREVENTS KARABAKH WAR
One of the most influential newspapers of Azerbaijan, "Yeni Musavat", wrote an interesting claim yesterday. The newspaper said that before Turkey and Armenia had signed protocols (for normalization of diplomatic ties between the two countries) last year, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev decided to launch a military operation on Upper Karabakh, but National Intelligence Agency of Turkey (MIT) took action and dissuaded Aliyev.
BLACK HOLE IN PACKAGE
Constitutional amendment package's article 8 which binds "filing a lawsuit to close a political party" to the permission of Parliament received 327 votes and dropped. 410 parliamentarians attended the voting. 327 voted in favor, 76 rejected, two abstained, while three votes were invalid and two votes were blank. It was calculated that Justice & Development (AK) Party had ten losses. Required number of votes is 330 to adopt an article in the package.
ARTICLE ON DISSOLUTION OF PARTIES REJECTED, EYES TURNED ON ARTICLE 2
Monday's second round voting of the constitutional amendment started rather calm in the parliament. All the articles were being adopted without any loss of votes. A shocking development took place in the voting of the article "binding dissolution of political parties to the permission of the parliament," which was one of the three articles the opposition opposed. Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) deputies who gave a symbolic support to this article in the first round with five votes did not attend Monday's voting. Furthermore Justice and Development (AK) Party lost between 8 to 13 of its own votes and the critical article remained at 327 votes in favor.
327 deputies voted for the article while 76 voted against it. Two deputies abstained while two votes were cancelled.
"I WON", "NO I GAVE IT" DEBATE FOR TAKSIM
Unionists strongly reacted to remarks of Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan who following the celebration of labour day in Istanbul's Taksim square said "they did snatch it, we gave it to them. "Where was he eight years ago, why did he torture us for so long? We resisted and we won," said Chairman of DISK Labour Union, Suleyman Celebi.
'IMPOTENT CELL' CURE AGAINST CANCER
Good news from Turkish doctor Cem Cuneyt Elbi who is living in the U.S.: we will beat cancer cells by making them forget to renew themselves. Carrying out researches on cancer in Boston, Dr. Elbi is working on an important method to cure cancer. Dr. Elbi said, "cancer cells can renew themselves. If we make them forget to renew themselves, they will destroy themselves."
LOSS OF VOTES
Article 8 of constitutional amendment package received 327 votes, failing to reach 330 votes that is required to be adopted at Parliament. The ruling party had at least eight losses, thus the package's most critical article --which is on closure of political parties-- dropped. Provisional article 18 --which is related to article 8-- also dropped. In accordance with the Constitution, a similar proposal will not be presented to Parliament at least for one year.