Possible coalition scenarios and the arrival of Dutch football star Robin van Persie in Istanbul make headlines of Monday’s papers


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Monday’s newspapers dedicated their front pages to possible coalition scenarios, as Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will hold his first inter-party discussion with the Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, Monday.

“66 percent’s summit,” was CUMHURIYET’s headline, referring to the sum of the vote percentages received by the Justice and Development, or AK Party (41) and the CHP (25) in last June's parliamentary elections.   

The newspaper wrote that the meeting would be held at the CHP headquarters in Ankara.

“Although both sides announced that they don’t have any red lines, CHP’s 14 [preconditions] will be on the first day's meeting agenda,” the daily wrote.

Davutoglu is scheduled to meet the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader, Devlet Bahceli, on Tuesday, and the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) leaders Selahattin Demirtas, and Figen Yuksekdag on Wednesday.

“Let’s walk together,” was HURRIYET’s headline, quoting Davutoglu’s remarks on coalition works while he was returning from the Bosnian capital Sarajevo.    

The AK Party gained the largest share of parliamentary seats in the June 7 general election.

Although the party came first, it did not win enough seats to form a single majority government. It must therefore attempt to forge a coalition with one of the three other parties in parliament – Second place CHP, the nationalist MHP or the pro-Kurdish HDP.

“We will not discuss the presidency,” was VATAN’s headline, quoting Davutoglu’s remarks during an iftar event organized by the AK Party in Istanbul Sunday.

“We have no prejudices or prerequisites. We are ready to discuss all the essential issues required for governance,” he said. “We feel that all other issues that are not relevant to the government, including the presidency in particular, should be left out.”

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, had pushed to establish a presidential system ahead of the Turkish general election.

Protests against the “Green Road” project which aims to link highland and touristic areas across eight Black Sea Turkish provinces was another news item which newspapers focused on.

“People’s victory on Green Road,” was CUMHURIYET’s headline, reporting that the project was temporarily stopped after local people’s resistance in the Black Sea region Rize.

“Break on Green Road,” was HABERTURK’s headline.

The protesters claimed the project would harm the region’s natural beauty and environment.

VATAN ran an interview with one of the symbolic figures of the protests, Rabia Bekar, 63.

Bekar’s photographs went viral after she stood in front of construction machines in an attempt to stop the project in Rize on July 11.

“The resistance will continue,” Bekar was quoted by VATAN as saying. “We are the state, we are the ones who protect it.”

In football news, Turkish dailies also covered Dutch star Robin van Persie’s arrival in Istanbul Sunday evening.

“Flying Dutch is in Istanbul,” was VATAN’s headline. “Persie fever,” added HABERTURK.

Van Persie is expected to sign a deal with Fenerbahce in a ceremony at its Sukru Saracoglu Stadium on Monday.

The Dutch striker comes from the English Premier League’s Manchester United.

In economics news, DUNYA reports about Turkey’s automobile industry. The newspaper claimed that Turkish automobile industry grew almost 50 percent in the first half of 2015, compared to the same period last year. According to the daily, 2015 will most likely be a record year for production and export in the industry.

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