Friday’s newspapers mainly cover President Erdogan’s first public remarks since June 7 general elections


World Bulletin / News Desk 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks at a graduation ceremony of international students in Ankara have made the headlines in the majority of Friday’s newspapers. This was his first public statement since Sunday's general election in Turkey.

SABAH, VATAN and AKSAM ran quasi-identical front page headlines, “Put aside your egos”, quoting Erdogan who urged all political parties to form a government “as soon as possible”.

In Sunday's parliamentary elections, none of the four parties elected to the Turkish Grand National Assembly gained the necessary majority to form a single-party government.

Since the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party received the most votes – 41 percent - it will have 45 days to form a government following the official declaration of election results, which has yet to happen.

HABER TURK analyzes “two possible coalition scenarios”.

The daily’s columnists evaluate two scenarios: the first one is a coalition between the ruling Justice and Development, or AK Party and the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP). The second option presented advances an alliance between the AK Party and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). The CHP and the MHP received 24.96 percent and 16.29 percent of the vote respectively.

MILLIYET’s headline read: “We wouldn’t want chaos”, quoting MHP leader Devlet Bahceli.

“If coalition talks fail, we wouldn’t want chaos and crisis,” Bahceli told the daily. “We reveal our conditions and if they are not accepted, we go to polls.”

HURRIYET also ran an interview with the nationalist party leader Bahceli in which he was quoted as saying Erdogan was “the loser” of the June 7 parliamentary election.

According to the newspaper, Bahceli said that any party prioritizing the ongoing “solution process”, should not appeal to the MHP to form a government.

The government launched what commonly known in Turkey as the “solution process” in 2012 in an effort to end the decades-long armed conflict with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is listed as a terrorist organization in Turkey,the U.S., and the EU.

In foreign news, HURRIYET ran an interview with the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades, who said that the new government in Turkey could potentially affect the ongoing talks in the divided island of Cyprus.

The island has been divided into a Turkish Cypriot administration in the northern third and a Greek Cypriot one in the southern two-thirds after a 1974 military coup by Greece was followed by the intervention of Turkey as a guarantor power in Cyprus.

Negotiations between the two sides to find a way to settle the decades-long conflict resumed May 15 after a pause last October.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Haziran 2015, 11:23