TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON AUG 18

Tuesday’s newspapers mainly cover failed coalition government talks between AK Party and MHP

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON AUG 18

World Bulletin / News Desk

Tuesday’s dailies dedicated their front pages to failed coalition talks between Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli.

“First time in history,” was VATAN’s headline, featuring a photo of Davutoglu and Bahceli talking.

The newspaper reported that Turkey would go to the polls with a decision from the president and with a short-term government for the first time in the country’s history.

“Bahceli, the leader of MHP, refused Davutoglu's offers of coalition, short-term election coalition or minority government,” the newspaper wrote.

HURRIYET quoted Davutoglu as saying: “I will return the mandate if needed”, after the nearly two-and-a-half-hour meeting.

“Now Erdogan will make the decision,” the daily wrote.

HURRIYET also reported that the leader of Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu called for Erdogan to give the mandate to his party days before the deadline to form a new government expires on Aug. 23.

“Short-term government gains importance,” was MILLIYET’s claim that should CHP receive the mandate, the party would contact other parties in parliament to form a short-term government and the country would in effect go to the polls in April.

“Election but how,” was HABERTURK’s headline, while SABAH wrote “Short-term reform government election in fall”.

When the deadline to form a government expires on Aug. 23, either Erdogan or the parliament may decide to hold a new general election.

If the president issues the decision, then polling is supposed to be held in the first Sunday following a 90-day period starting from the end of the first deadline.

In the current set of circumstances, this scenario suggests renewed polling in November.

However, if the parliament makes the decision for a new election, then the Supreme Election Board can reduce this 90-day period by as much as half.

Turkish dailies also covered the funeral of gendarmerie sergeant Nurettin Ozturk who succumbed to his injuries in hospital Sunday after clashes between suspected Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants and Turkish army forces in Kars, a northeastern province of Turkey.

HABERTURK reported that the “mother of the martyred soldier”, Elif Ozturk called on the political party leaders -- Davutoglu, Bahceli and Kilicdaroglu attended the service -- to come together and end the ongoing violence in the country.

More than 40 security forces personnel have been killed since the PKK -- designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the EU and U.S. -- renewed its armed campaign following the July 20 Suruc bombing.

Turkish dailies also reported on Turkish runner Asli Cakir Alptekin being stripped of the gold medal she won in the 1,500-meter race in the 2012 London Olympics.

The 29-year-old athlete was banned for eight years from any competition for doping offenses.

“From pride to shame” was VATAN’s headline while HABERTURK wrote “Record ban for national athlete”.

The Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ratified the decision on Monday.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Ağustos 2015, 12:30
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