Thursday’s dailies cover interim-government moves plus a 4.5G network tender which has seen a record bid worth $4.4 billion


World Bulletin / News Desk

Thursday’s dailies mainly covered developments on an interim Turkish government in the run-up to a November election, plus Wednesday's 4.5G mobile phone network tender which has ended with a record bid of €3.9 billion ($4.4 billion).

"Turkes Surprise" was MILLIYET's headline, referring to the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) deputy Tugrul Turkes who became the first MP to accept Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's offer to be involved in an interim government, against his MHP party’s wishes.

According to the paper, Davutoglu offered positions to 11 MPs of three rival parties except his own Justice and Development (AK) Party. While seven deputies rejected Davutoglu's offer, three MPs from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) plus Turkes accepted the offer.

HURRIYET ran with the headline: "He [Turkes] burns the bridges" reporting that "Turkes' recruitment came like a bombshell."

After his recruitment, which comes despite MHP leader Devlet Bahceli’s refusal to take part in an interim administration, the party referred Turkes to a disciplinary committee to expel him, according to a statement issued by a MHP official on Wednesday.

A fresh general election in Turkey will be held on Nov. 1, nearly five months after an inconclusive poll which saw no party win an overall majority.

In accordance with a list prepared by parliament and sent to Davutoglu, the AK Party will be granted 11 ministries, while the Republican People’s Party (CHP) would have five, prime ministry sources said.

The MHP and the HDP will have three ministries each. Parties can choose whether or not to participate in the interim cabinet.

Turkish newspapers also dedicated their front pages to Wednesday's 4.5G network tender which has ended with a record bid of €3.9 billion among the country's cellphone operators.

"13 billion liras for 4.5G" both STAR's and HABERTURK's headlines read.

STAR claimed that the project will accelerate internet connection speed twentyfold.

According to the Information and Communication Technologies Authority, Turkey's existing three mobile operators – Turkcell, Vodafone and Avea – have won rights to the 4.5G network in the tender.

The new network will offer consumers the ability to use new technologies, providing faster surfing, downloads and uploads as well as improved calling. The total amount of spectrum available will be increased by three times.

In other news, dailies covered video footage showing a mass brawl between a group of shopkeepers and a man described as an “Irish tourist” in the Aksaray district of Istanbul.

"They messed with the wrong guy" VATAN wrote, citing Mohammed Fadel Dobbous, an Irish tourist of Kuwaiti origin, who became embroiled in a street fight with over 10 men.

According to the paper, Dobbous said he loved Turkey and would continue to visit the country.

Footage of the disturbance went viral on Turkish social media.

Dobbous had gone to a shop near his hotel to buy water. Accidentally knocking over dozens of water bottles from a refrigerator, Dobbous was confronted by the shop owner and neighboring shopkeepers.

Reportedly a professional boxer, Dobbous fought back, knocking one man to the ground with a punch.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Ağustos 2015, 12:25