TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on AUG. 20

Turkish dailies reported Wednesday clashes over the demolition of a statue to a PKK founder, indications that Turkey's foreign minister could take over the prime ministerial post and protests over the death of an unarmed black teen in Missouri, the U.S.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on AUG. 20

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Turkish dailies reported Wednesday the killing of a man in clashes with security forces over the demolition of a statue of Kurdish Worker's Party (PKK) leader; indications that Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is likely to take over Turkey’s prime ministerial post under Erdogan's presidency and protests over the shooting of an unarmed black teen in Missouri, the U.S.

"The statue dismantled" was the headline in HURRIYET. The daily said a 24-year-old man died Tuesday morning in clashes with security forces over the demolition of a statue to a founder of the outlawed PKK in the Lice district of Diyarbakir in Turkey’s southeast.

The statue of Mahsum Korkmaz, who died in 1986, was erected last Friday to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the PKK's first armed attacks on the Turkish military.

SABAH quoted Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay describing the incident as a "provocation."

In other news, almost all Turkish dailies covered outgoing President Abdullah Gul's remarks that Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will be named as Turkey's next prime minister.

"Davutoglu will be the prime minister," said HABER TURK, quoting Gul as saying: "As far as it seems, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will take over [as prime minister]."

The ruling Justice and Development Party’s extraordinary congress will convene on August 27 to choose a new party chairman to assume the prime minister's office, one day before Erdogan's presidential oath-taking ceremony.

YENI SAFAK similarly quoted Gul as saying "Davutoglu will be very successful" by adding that the outgoing president said he would support Davutoglu's premiership.

Appointed as the top diplomat of Erdogan's cabinet in May 2009, Davutoglu had also served as Gul's foreign policy advisor during his ministerial and presidential terms.

Most Turkish dailies also covered the latest developments over the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen killed by a police officer in Missouri, the U.S.

Both MILLIYET and VATAN covered the fallout from the killing of Brown which has sparked violent demonstrations in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

Clashes between police and protesters flared again over the weekend following the release of the name of the white officer -- Darren Wilson -- who shot the black teen on August 9, igniting racial tensions in the predominantly black city.

The 2012 shooting death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin during a confrontation with George Zimmerman, an off-duty neighborhood watch captain, led to nationwide protests demanding justice for the 17-year-old. That case was one of several since the early 1990s involving the shooting or beating of black males by a white police officer that sparked unrest.

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