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Turkish dailies cover on Thursday the first meeting of Turkey's top judicial body, Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), as newly assigned Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag chaired it for the first time while the controversial amendments were being discussed in the assembly. They also report on the cancellation of high school entrance exams by a court decision concerning mistakes made with results.
Daily STAR headline: "First Push on HSYK", referring to the reshuffle of judiciary members who opposed the bill introduced by ruling AK Party government, after the "dirty operation" run by "distrusted" HSYK.
TARAF headline read: "European pressure on the government", referring to the possible diplomatic pressure from the EU that government could face over the latest draft bills, with regards to the changes in structure and functioning of HSYK. They also reported President Abdullah Gul's suggestion that there should be an agreement between all parties on the concerning bill and the amendment should be a constitutional one, not merely regulatory.
Daily SABAH headline: "Gulen's organizations' octopus arms", listing the eight fields "influenced" by the movement and on the front page quoted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying "Betrayers shall be held accountable", referring to those who launched the Istanbul-based anti-graft operation on December 17. He also reportedly said to ambassadors: "Spread the word about this illegal organization's empire of fear".
Daily BUGUN covered statements of three "key" figures: Erdogan, Gul, and Stefan Fuele, the EU commissioner responsible for enlargement of the EU. They quoted Fuele's concerns about "judicial independence" under a headline saying "EU Chaos".
VATAN wrote: "Balance shifted", referring to those members of HSYK who changed their positions on voting in favor of the government expecting a retrial of former military officers who have been heavily convicted due to coup attempt charges.
Daily HABERTURK covered the cancellation of high school entrance exam in its front page, writing over 1.1 million students will be effected by the decision, as their order of results and student rankings will be recalculated and may change.Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Ocak 2014, 13:25