Turkish dailies cover both praise and criticism for rebel MP who defied party line to take position in interim government


World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish dailies on Friday covered both thanks and criticism directed towards a rebel Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) deputy who became the first MP to join the country’s interim government.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had extended invitations to 11 parliamentarians, offering them ministerial posts in the soon-to-be established caretaker government, which will lead the country until a Nov.1 general election.

Some of them declined the invitation, while some others agreed to take part in the interim government, including MHP Ankara Deputy Tugrul Turkes -- son of party founder Alparslan Turkes.

"Turkes behaves with statesman's ethics," was the headline of daily SABAH, which quoted Davutoglu as saying:

"I thank once again, in the presence of you, Tugrul Turkes who said 'Yes' and did what is necessary for the constitution and political ethics despite the 'pressure'."

Davutoglu was referring to the criticism from MHP authorities over Turkes’ acceptance of the invitation, ignoring his party's instructions not to enter an interim administration.

"He was under a lot of pressure but he resisted astutely," STAR quoted Davutoglu as saying. "Such periods reveal those who have responsibility for ethics and state ethics, as well as those who don’t."

Davutoglu and Turkes held a one-hour meeting at the prime ministry's office, when Davutoglu stressed history would remember those who said 'no' to the heavy responsibility, AKSAM wrote.

VATAN interviewed Turkes who said: "I am a MHP deputy, and I am not going to resign. I accepted the invitation because the state should not be left without a government. I am taking a constitutional responsibility. Nobody can send me away from the MHP."

There are 25 Cabinet portfolios available. Three positions -- justice, interior and transport -- are expected to be filled by independent candidates.

Other ministries would be available to MPs from the Justice and Development (AK) Party, Republican People’s Party (CHP), the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), and from the MHP.

Deniz Baykal, a former leader of the CHP, declined the invitation with a three-page letter, HABER TURK reported. Baykal criticized President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for not mandating the CHP to form a government, after PM Davutoglu failed to do so, the paper wrote.

Two other CHP deputies -- Erdogan Toprak and Tekin Bingol -- have also rejected the invitation.

YENI SAFAK wrote that Levent Tuzel from HDP also declined the offer, while two other names from the HDP -- Muslum Dogan and Ali Haydar Koca -- accepted.

Three letters have created trouble inside the parties, CUMHURIYET reports, referring to CHP's Baykal, MHP's Turkes, and HDP's Tuzel.

The MHP is surprised because the party had repeatedly declared that it would not take part in a caretaker administration. The HDP is surprised because, on the contrary, it had said it would join the interim government.

As for the CHP, the party is surprised over Baykal's three-page-long "manifesto," the paper wrote. The party had also reiterated that it would not be in a caretaker government.

Now, a fresh general election in Turkey will be held on Nov. 1, nearly five months after an inconclusive election on June 7 saw no party win an overall majority.

In other news, MILLIYET covered the "heavy loss" from the attacks by the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, in the last 31 years.

PKK attacks have claimed 36,345 lives since Aug. 15, 1984, the paper wrote. Over 7,000 security officials, including police and the soldiers were martyred, while a total of almost 7,000 civilians also were killed in the attacks, the paper said.

Meanwhile, in anti-terror attacks over 22,000 terrorists have been killed since the early 1980s, the paper wrote.

Turkey has been recently facing a wave of attacks, especially in the southeast, for which the government blames the PKK.

More than 60 soldiers and police have been martyred since a June 20 Suruc suicide bomb attack; the military has claimed around 800 PKK deaths.

The last such deadly attack came late Thursday when a Turkish soldier was martyred and two others were injured in an attack in the Lice district of southeastern Diyarbakir province, HURRIYET wrote.

PKK members also attacked Cizre Garrison Command in southeastern Sirnak province, the paper said. Four civilians including two children were killed in a clash, which broke out following the attack.

Financial paper DUNYA reported that around 1,000 businessmen from 60 countries will come to Turkey between Sept. 3-5 to attend a B20 meeting. 

The summit, which will be hosted by the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey, or TOBB, will examine financial problems that the G20 countries face. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Ağustos 2015, 12:01