TURKISH PRESS REVIEW MAR 9

Women's Day and a nail-biting Istanbul football derby were two hot topics on Turkish dailies' front pages today.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW MAR 9

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Turkish dailies on Monday focused on the prime minister's remarks made on the way back from a New York trip, rallies to mark International Women's Day and probably the most discussed football derby of the year between Fenerbahce and Galatasaray.

"Women’s uprising," was MILLIYET’s headline, as thousands of women marched in Istanbul and many other provinces to speak out against violence and abuse.

VATAN ran the headline "Enough," and reported that many demonstrators carried photos of murdered women, including Ozgecan Aslan, a 20-year-old student whose harrowing death last month sparked an outcry all over Turkey.

HURRIYET said "Even walking alone is a freedom," in reference to the results of a survey in which almost a quarter of women said they felt free when walking alone, while over 60 percent of Turkish women said they never feel free.

In economic news, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that it is not possible for a financial crisis to arise over currency concerns after the U.S. dollar soared against the Turkish lira in recent weeks.

Davutoglu was speaking to reporters on a flight back to Istanbul after meetings in the U.S.

"An economic crisis is not possible," headlined HABERTURK, quoting Davutoglu as he said "everything is perfect on paper."

Turkey has one of the narrowest budget deficits, strongest banking sectors and a decreasing current account deficit, according to the premier.

Davutoglu also reiterated his call to former president, Abdullah Gul, as he said Turkey’s ruling AK Party is "his home," according to MILLIYET.

Prominent AK Party members had stated last week their happiness to see Gul, who is also one of the party's founders, back in the party ahead of the June 7 general election.

In sports news, Turkish football's gala night resulted in a win for Fenerbahce as it beat its Istanbul archrival Galatasaray. Fener’s Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt scored towards the end of the game in its Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, in Kadikoy.

In the Istanbul derby, Fenerbahce has not bowed to Galatasaray at home since 1999 as the papers almost ran similar headlines in chorus.

"Classic of Kadikoy," said HABERTURK, HURRIYET and AKSAM, while MILLIYET and VATAN preferred: "The tradition stands."

HABERTURK said Fenerbahce has been back in the game for the league leadership, as it narrowed the gap with Galatasaray to one point after the win. According to MILLIYET, Galatasaray last beat Fener in a 2-1 away victory in 1999.

 

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