TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON JUNE 25

Turkish dailies on Thursday covered possible coalition scenarios after three opposition parties announced their parliament speaker candidates

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON JUNE 25

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Turkish dailies on Thursday covered possible coalition scenarios following announcements of candidacies for the parliament speaker position.

Parties with representation in parliament are the Justice and Development (AK) Party, the Republican People's Party (CHP), the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP).

“First step for coalition,” read HABERTURK’s headline. According to the daily, Deniz Baykal, former leader of opposition CHP, reportedly said to his close circle that his candidacy for the parliament speaker would open a door for a possible coalition.

MILLIYET ran an interview with Deniz Baykal, who currently serves as acting parliament speaker because he is the oldest MP.

“Everybody saw the picture during the oath-taking ceremony," Baykal said in the interview. "There is a high representation at the parliament. A very colorful, pluralist, beautiful parliament emerged.(...) A new situation that can make our democracy take a leap forward.”

“Opposition candidates okay,” read AKSAM’s headline, reporting that apart from the AK Party, all three political parties announced their parliament speaker candidates.

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the nationalist MHP member of parliament and former presidential candidate in 2014, submitted Wednesday his application.

CHP had also announced Wednesday Baykal's candidacy for the June 30 election.

Earlier this week, pro-Kurdish HDP named Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat, a former deputy chairman of the AK Party, as its candidate.

HURRIYET ran a story about the ruling AK Party’s possible plans for either a coalition or a snap election.

The daily claimed that during the last cabinet meeting on Monday, certain members proposed that new ministry offices be created through the splitting up of traditional ones in order to be able to offer additional seats in the cabinet for a potential alliance.

Among those reportedly mentioned were the Culture and Tourism Ministry, the Environment and Urban Planning Ministry and the Forestry and Water Affairs Ministry, claimed HURRIYET. Currently, Turkish cabinet has 26 seats.

The newspaper also claimed that the AK Party’s own “three-term rule”, under which its MPs can only spend three consecutive terms in office, might be scrapped, as around 60 AK Party lawmakers would not be able run should a snap election be organized.

In foreign news, Turkish newspapers also covered the latest WikiLeaks revelations regarding the U.S.’s National Security Agency (NSA) spying on the last three French presidents, including current leader Francois Hollande.

AKSAM reported that whistleblowing website WikiLeaks revealed the secret documents, NSA wiretapped the last three French presidents for six years between 2006 and 2012.

French newspaper Liberation and French online investigative and opinion website Mediapart published the secret documents late Tuesday.

In a report entitled Espionnage Elysee (Elysee spying), WikiLeaks revealed “NSA surveillance of communications of French presidents Francois Hollande (2012–present), Nicolas Sarkozy (2007–2012), and Jacques Chirac (1995–2007), as well as French cabinet ministers and the French ambassador to the United States."

“US wiretapping angers Paris,” was HABERTURK’s headline.

Turkish newspapers also reported on a famous contestant of a Turkish TV music competition, who was shot in the head last month, finally transferring out of the intensive care unit after being shot in the head.

“The happiest moment after 37 days,” said VATAN, which reported that Kaya was transferred to a general hospital ward after spending 37 days of intensive care treatment.

Mutlu Kaya, 19, a school canteen worker, had been a contestant in a talent show aired on Fox TV in April.

Kaya was at home in the early hours of Monday morning in Diyarbakir when she was attacked. According to media reports, Kaya had received death threats from certain relatives, apparently displeased with her decision to take part in the TV contest.

On May 18, she was shot in the head inside her own home.

“Smile to life,” was MILLIYET’s headline, while HABERTURK wrote “Mutlu smiles”, a reference to her name, which means “happy” in Turkish.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Haziran 2015, 13:10
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