TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON AUG 24

Monday’s dailies cover prime minister’s remarks on the formation of caretaker government

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON AUG 24

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish newspapers on Monday mainly dedicated their front pages to Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s remarks on how he will approach lawmakers from all parties to form a caretaker government after a 45-day deadline ended without a coalition government.

Although the Justice and Development, or AK, Party has gained the most votes in the June 7 general election, the party lost its majority that would have enabled it to form a single-party government.

On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey would hold snap parliamentary elections, most likely on Nov. 1, after the AK Party's Davutoglu’s coalition talks with the Republican People's Party (CHP), the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) failed to yield a result.

In a potential caretaker government, the AK Party is likely to have 12 ministers; second-place CHP is likely to have seven while the MHP and the HDP will have three ministers each.

“Personal offer,” was HURRIYET’s headline, referring Davutoglu’s speech in the Turkish capital Ankara.

Davutoglu revealed that he would offer to the MHP and CHP lawmakers to take part in the cabinet  even though the two parties have rejected to participate in the government. The HDP has already announced that it would be a part of the caretaker government, the newspaper wrote. 

“I will make personal offers [to individual lawmakers]. How they will make decision, [or] how they will consult with their parties is not my concern,” Davutoglu was quoted by the daily.

According to the newspaper, in response to Davutoglu’s offer, CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said that no one in his party would be so “ without character" as to accept this offer.

A similar response came from MHP’s deputy parliamentary group leader Oktay Vural. HURRIYET quoted him  as saying: “No one would behave with such dishonor.”

“Our collocutors are lawmakers,” was MILLIYET’s headline, reporting that Davutoglu has five days to form a caretaker government.

“Offer for suitable names,” was VATAN’s headline,  while YENI SAFAK’s said “Offer to individual not the party”.

Another major topic of the papers is the attacks to security forces by the PKK, the seperatist Kurdish group. Funerals of the fallen soldiers are widely reported by newspapers.

Turkish dailies also covered Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt’s victory in the men's 100-meter race at the world athletics championships in Beijing.

“Usain Bold for 0.01 second,” wrote HURRIYET, reporting that Bolt crossed the line in 9.79 seconds, 0.01 second in front of another favorite sprinter from the U.S. Justin Gatlin.

“Gone with the wind,” was YENI SAFAK’s headline while MILLIYET chose “Breathtaking final”.

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