TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON AUG 17

Monday’s newspapers mainly cover Turkish PM Davutoglu’s meeting with MHP’s Bahceli over forming a government

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON AUG 17

World Bulletin / News Desk

Monday’s dailies mainly dedicated their front pages to an upcoming meeting between Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli to discuss forming a government.

HABERTURK ran the headline: “Four conditions from MHP for coalition”. The daily reported that Bahceli would offer the following four conditions to Davutoglu during the gathering:

1- First four articles of the Turkish constitution cannot be changed.

2- Kurdish “solution process” to end.

3- The corruption cases [of Dec. 17 and Dec. 25, 2013 which includes four former ministers] will be re-opened.

4- The parliamentary system will remain.

The prime minister is to meet Bahceli at 2.00 p.m. (1100 GMT) in Ankara in a last attempt to create an administration, although the MHP has set conditions that the AK Party is unlikely to meet.

“Critical meeting on the election road” was HURRIYET’s front-page headline.

Davutoglu's AK Party had been seeking a coalition partner after no party won a simple majority in the June 7 general election, but the PM announced earlier on Thursday that no agreement to form a coalition government had been found with People’s Republican Party (CHP) leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu.

AKSAM’s headline read “Coalition or snap election: Critical Monday,” referring to the AK Party/MHP meeting.

Financial newspaper DUNYA also covered the upcoming meeting with a headline reading: “Eyes are on AK Party/MHP meeting”.

 

-Missiles

A U.S. decision to withdraw its Patriot missiles from Turkey was another news item that some newspapers covered.

HABERTURK reported that after Germany, the U.S. also made a decision to pull out its missiles.

The NATO mandate for the mission, which will run out in October, will not be renewed, a joint Turkish-U.S. statement on Sunday said, but the U.S. said it was ready to return Patriot assets to Turkey within one week if needed.

“German-style support to terror,” was the STAR’s front-page headline.

The daily quoted Rainer Arnold, defense spokesman for Germany’s opposition Social Democrats as saying: “The [withdrawal] decision has been made due to [Turkey’s air] operations [against the PKK].”

The German army said on Saturday that the mandate for its mission would run out on January 31, 2016, and would not be renewed.

 

-Earthquake

Dailies also covered the anniversary of the August 17, 1999 earthquake which took around 18,000 lives in Turkey.

“We may lose drinking water [in Istanbul],” HABERTURK’s headline read, referring to what would happen in the case of a potential Marmara earthquake. The daily interviewed Naci Gorur, General Director of Istanbul-based Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute.

According to Gorur, a Marmara earthquake is expected to have a minimum 7.2 magnitude, bringing a tsunami threat. “If barrages are destroyed, we may lose all drinking water,” he said.

“We have still not taken lessons on the 16th anniversary of the sorrow,” AKSAM’s headline read. The daily said that there was still no social awareness over earthquakes. It claimed that six out of 10 buildings in Turkey still lack mandatory earthquake insurance.

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