WE WILL NOT BOW TO YOUR SNEAKY INITIATIVES
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the opposition as the article on party closure was rejected and dropped from the package.
"Our people will judge those who did not support the change. Nobody should resemble us to Republican People's Party (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) or Peace and Democracy Party (BDP). To which change have you extended support? You brought status quo and coup to this country," Erdogan said.
MOST CRITICAL ARTICLE PASSED WITH 337 VOTES
The article regulating the structure of the Constitutional Court passed in the parliament with 337 votes. According to the change, Constitutional Court will be comprised of 17 members. Parliament will elect 3 of the members. The rest 14 members will be appointed by the president.
WE HELPED WOUNDED SOLDIERS UNDER LIGHTS OF AMBULANCE
Turkey gave four victims to terrorism in the eastern province of Tunceli last week. Four soldiers died and seven others were wounded in an attack by around 50 PKK terrorists on Sariyayla gendarmery outpost in Tunceli's Nizamiye town. Two of the injured were in critical condition. The head of the health team who saved lives of the two seriously injured soldiers, doctor Murat Yilmaz, said, "road conditions were so bad. We reached the outpost at 2:25 a.m. There were no lights in the building. I began treatment in the darkness."
Another doctor who was in a second health team that reached the outpost said they treated the soldiers under lights of the ambulance.
NO LOSS, CONSTITUTIONAL COURT AMENDMENT PASSED WITH 337 VOTES
The Justice & Development (AK) Party did not have any loss in Tuesday's voting on the constitutional amendment bill. Eyes were turned on the 17th article of the bill reshaping the Constitutional Court after the article making party closure cases more difficult was rejected. The article regarding the Constitutional Court got the lowest vote (331) in the first round. It was passed with 337 votes in the second round. 410 MPs joined the vote, and 69 MPs voted against the 17th article.
ARTICLE PASSED THIS TIME
After the parliament rejected an article of the bill regarding the closure of political parties, the 17th article on reshaping the structure of the Constitutional Court received 337 votes against 69 on Tuesday. The result of the voting announced by Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin was applauded by the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party deputies.
ANADOLUJET INCREASES NUMBER OF ITS FLIGHTS TO INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS
Anadolujet will start flying to nine international destinations in the summer of 2010. Anadolujet will fly from the Turkish capital of Ankara to German cities of Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Cologne; Austrian capital of Vienna; Belgium capital of Brussels; Dutch capital of Amsterdam; and Iranian capital of Tehran as of the beginning of May. One-way ticket between Turkish and foreign cities will cost around 89 Euro.
PROCEED WITH 337
The government, which faced trouble as an article of the constitutional amendment bill regarding dissolution of political parties was rejected, felt relieved when the article on structure of the Constitutional Court was passed. Members of the Justice & Development (AK) Party celebrated the result with applauds.
TUSIAD: YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD NOT WAIT FOR THEIR TURN AT MILITARY OUTPOSTS
Umit Boyner, the chairperson of the Turkish Industrialists' & Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD), made striking remarks regarding acts of terrorism. Boyner said, "as a mother, I feel so sad for teenagers who are ambushed in distant and misty military outposts. Young people should not desperately wait for their turn at military outposts. I feel so sad for the governments that cannot implement democratic arrangements and solve problems. If we talk about democratic initiatives, it should be a full, real, sincere, and comprehensive democratic initiative. If Turkey is to be cleared of gangs, all gangs should be eliminated."
MEAT IMPORT TENDER HELD, LIVESTOCK KG TO BE 14 TL
German-based Hacilar Helal Gida offered 1.3 million Euro for 4,000 tons of meat import. One kilogram of meat is expected to cost around 14 Turkish liras (TL) for consumers. Livestock breeders staged protested the auction in Ankara on Tuesday.
ARTICLE ON CONSTITUTIONAL COURT PASSED, SHOCK OF ARTICLE 8 CONTINUES
Eyes turned to the article on structure of the Constitutional Court after article on party closure was rejected. The change was passed in the Parliament with 337 votes in favor. MPs reacted to AK Party parliamentarian Koca who registered names of those who probably voted against the article.
TUSIAD CHAIRPERSON BOYNER: IT SHOULD BE A FULL MOVE
TUSIAD chairperson Umit Boyner referred to the escalating acts of terrorism in the recent period and said as a mother, she was hurt for those who were martyred.
Boyner said she was hurt because of the governments which could not put the democratic regulations into implementation.
ERGENEKON CASE IN ERZURUM BEGINS
Ergenekon case in the eastern province of Erzurum began. A court in Erzurum began hearing a case filed against 14 people including the Third Army Commander General Saldiray Berk and Erzincan Chief Public Prosecutor Ilhan Cihaner on charges of implementing "the Action Plan against Fundamentalism" in Erzincan province. Berk did not attend the hearing by giving a petition.
THREE COMPANIES OFFER BIDS FOR LIVESTOCK AUCTION
Three companies offered bids in an auction held by Turkey's Meat & Fish Corporation on Tuesday for livestock import to Turkey. The auction for procurement of 4,025 tons of livestock will be held with bargaining method. Berlin-based Hacilar Helal Et offered the lowest bid with 1.3 million euros.
LIST MAKES CRAZY
The Justice & Development (AK) Party had a row after it was shocked by decision of some of its deputies not to back a certain article of the constitutional amendment bill. AK Party's MP from Ankara, Faruk Koca, prepared a list of AK Party members who voted against a critical article of the bill. Koksal Toptan, Murat Basesgioglu, Kursad Tuzmen, Vahit Erdem, Hilmi Guler, Reha Camuroglu, and Sadik Yakut were in the list. When the photograph of the list was published in newspapers on Tuesday, people in the list got angry.
NEW STRUCTURE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL COURT
When the second critical article of the constitutional amendment bill which was reshaping the Constitutional Court was adopted by 337 votes, huge ovation, laughter and cheers were seen at the AK Party group in the parliament. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sat in the first row of his party group at parliament till all the votes were counted. Kursad Tuzmen and Hilmi Guler, who were in the list of MPs that voted against the article regulating the closure of political parties, cast their votes and came beside Erdogan. Tuzmen waited beside Erdogan till the result of the voting was announced.
AK PARTY GAINS MORALE
Justice & Development (AK) Party which lost morale after the constitutional article on party closure was rejected, passed the law on regulating the structure of the constitutional court with 337 votes and gained morale.
AK Party chairman Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked with all AK Party MPs, who created problems, one by one and delivered an emotional speech in the parliament.
Speaking to daily Milliyet immediately after the voting, Erdogan said, "every article is important one by one but the most important is the general voting on all the articles. If this continues so, referendum may take place."
FAREWELL MESSAGE: REST IN PEACE
Ali Can Ertug (37), deputy chairman of Sotheby, one of the most important auction house of the world, committed suicide by jumping from the 32nd floor of a building in New York.
A few hours before committing suicide, Can wrote "rest in peace" in his page on facebook.
CRITICAL ARTICLE PASSED
After the parliament rejected on Monday an article of the bill regarding the closure of political parties, the article 17 on changing the structure of the Constitutional Court received 337 votes against 69 on Tuesday. The deputies of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party applauded the result of the voting.
SEVEN OFFICERS GIVE TESTIMONY UNDER BALYOZ PROBE
Military officers whose names are mentioned in the second wave of "Balyoz" probe were called to testify with "invitation". Seven officers including North Command Sea Area Admiral Mehmet Otuzbiroglu gave testimonies on Tuesday and then they were released.