Wednesday’s newspapers covered government coalition talks plus the killing of three soldiers in southern Turkey


World Bulletin / News Desk

Wednesday’s dailies dedicated their front pages to government coalition scenarios, plus the killing of three Turkish soldiers in two separate attacks in the country’s southeastern province of Sirnak.

HURRIYET ran with the front-page headline: "We will not be in minority [government]," referring to the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP)’s response to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks that a minority government can be formed until a possible snap election.

"A minority government is surely possible on the condition that it will take [the country] to elections," Erdogan said on a plane while returning from an official visit to Indonesia on Friday. "What I am against is a permanent minority government," he added.

In response to these remarks, MHP Deputy Chairman Semih Yalcin said on Tuesday: "It is unthinkable that our party agrees with any ‘minority government’ choice."

"We will never support the minority government. It is quite clear," the MHP’s other deputy chairman Celal Adan told press members on Tuesday.

On the same subject, HABERTURK’s headline read: "MHP is closed to minority [government]."

VATAN also covered talks between the country’s two largest political parties on forming a coalition government with the headline: "Delegations worked for 35 hours for coalition."

Teams from the Justice and Development (AK) Party and the Republican People's Party (CHP) completed exploratory talks on Monday. They will now compile reports to submit to their leaders.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was asked to form a new government within a 45-day timeframe on July 9. Talks have been ongoing since July 13.

If he is unable to form a coalition, tradition dictates the second-placed party -- the CHP -- should be offered the chance to create an administration. If this fails, a fresh election is likely to be called for late November.

The killing of three soldiers in eastern Sirnak province was another news item that almost all newspapers covered.

Two Turkish soldiers were killed in an attack on a military vehicle and the third died in a rocket attack on a base, hours after the first attack in the same province on Tuesday.

Sirnak Governor’s Office claimed members of the illegal Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the affiliated Kurdistan Communities Union group carried out the attack. Security forces have launched an operation backed by aerial support in the area to apprehend suspected PKK militants.

SABAH used the headline: "Treacherous ambush in Sirnak," while VATAN wrote: "3 martyrs on the same day."

In economic news, financial daily DUNYA’s front-page headline read: "'Extraordinary' situation for G20 in Belek [Turkish district]."

G20 leaders are to gather in Turkey’s southern province of Antalya for the tenth annual meeting of the heads of states on 15 and 16 November.

DUNYA reported that "extraordinary" preparations had started in Belek, Antalya’s famous hotel region, stating that an operational center for security measures was being established. It also wrote a claim saying that U.S. President Barack Obama will stay on an aircraft carrier during the summit. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Ağustos 2015, 12:20