TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON JUNE 23

Turkish dailies on Tuesday previewed oath-taking ceremony of newly elected MPs as and reported on deadly Taliban attack outside Afghanistan's parliament

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON JUNE 23

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Turkish dailies on Monday mainly focused on newly elected lawmakers’ oath-taking ceremony, which is to take place on Thursday during the first session of the national assembly.

The 550-seat parliament will also select a parliament speaker today.

“Coalition rehearsal,” was MILLIYET’s headline, claiming that the parliament speaker election would hint at a possible coalition model for political parties.

“Parliament speaker election will show reconciliation trends [in the parliament],” the newspaper added.

HURRIYET reported that the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) proposed Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat as its candidate for parliament speaker.

“Oath-taking day,” was HABERTURK’s headline, reporting that Deniz Baykal, former opposition leader and an MP from the Republican People's Party (CHP) would chair the first session as the eldest MP in line with customs.

The newspaper also reported that Dilek Ocalan - a newly elected MP from HDP and the niece of the imprisoned leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) Abdullah Ocalan - would serve as one of six temporary clerks at the parliament’s presidency council until permanent ones are elected next week.

Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union list the PKK as a terrorist organization but talks to end the armed conflict pitting the PKK against Turkish security forces have been ongoing since early 2012. Decades of conflict have led to the deaths of some 40,000 people.

“353 MPs will swear oath for the first time,” said YENI SAFAK, referring to the newest members of the 550-seat parliament.

“145 MPs from AK Party [the ruling Justice and Development Party], 89 deputies from CHP and 52 members of parliament from MHP [Nationalist Movement Party] as well as 67 MPs from the HDP will be swearing an oath for the first time in the Turkish parliament,” the daily wrote.

MHP’s Istanbul lawmaker Murat Basesgioglu, who has been in parliament for 28 years, will be swearing his oath for his eighth term, YENI SAFAK said.

Turkish dailies also covered the Taliban attack outside of Afghanistan's parliament.

“Taliban attack against Afghan parliament,” said MILLIYET, reporting that all six attackers were killed in a gunfight after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside the parliament compound in an attempted raid.

“Raid against the parliament,” said YENI SAFAK, claiming that two civilians were killed and more than 40 people were wounded in the attack.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Haziran 2015, 12:03
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