TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON NOV 18

Wednesday’s newspapers cover Turkey's new Cabinet formation plus U.S. Secretary of State Kerry's remarks over ISIL

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON NOV 18

World Bulletin / News Desk

Newspapers on Wednesday mainly dedicated their front pages to Turkey’s new Cabinet and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks over an operation on the Turkish border with Syria against ISIL.

HABERTURK ran with the headline: "Eyes are on [new] cabinet."

The daily reported that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan designated Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to form the 64th government and that a new Cabinet might be announced today [Wednesday].

The Justice and Development (AK) Party won the election with 49.5 percent of the vote, taking a majority in the Turkish Grand National Assembly.

STAR’s headline read: "Jet [super-fast] government." The daily wrote that Erdogan and Davutoglu initiated the new term very quickly, adding that the prime minister is expected to offer the new Cabinet list to the president tonight, although he has 45 days to form a government.

The daily reminded that a government, after an inconclusive June 7 election, was not formed within 45 days.

MILLIYET headlined: "He [Davutoglu] is the prime minister for the third time."

The newspaper said that Davutoglu has assumed the prime ministry for the third time after the president tasked Davutoglu to form the 64th government.

The daily also added that it was a big possibility that the AK Party would nominate Ismail Kahraman, one of its former deputies, as parliament speaker.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks over an operation on the Syria border were also covered by many newspapers.

VATAN used the headline: "Joint operation with U.S. on the border."

Speaking in an interview with U.S. news channel CNN, Kerry announced that the U.S. and Turkey would soon launch a joint operation to close the Turkish border with Syria.

"The entire border of northern Syria -- 75 percent of it -- has now been shut off and we are entering an operation with the Turks to shut off the other remaining 98 kilometers [61 miles]," he said, adding: "I believe the pressure is mounting on ISIL."

Kerry was speaking following weekend talks in Vienna to resolve the four-and-a-half year conflict in Syria and after militants killed 129 people in gun and bomb attacks in Paris on Friday.

"Border is heating up," was MILLIYET’s headline.

Referring to Kerry’s remarks, the daily stated that Turkey and the U.S. are not expected to launch a ground operation. "The two countries will back the opposition forces and Turkmens’ ground operation with comprehensive air operations," it added.

On the same subject, HURRIYET used the front-page headline reading: "Cleaning border operation," while STAR wrote: "First step for a ‘secure border." 

Cancellation of a Germany-Netherlands soccer international over a bomb threat was another news item that some newspapers focused on.

HURRIYET headlined: "Paris nightmare in Germany", running a photo of the empty stadium in Hannover.

Police in Germany called off the match against the Netherlands less than two hours before kick-off due to a "serious security threat" Tuesday evening.

The international game in Hannover was due to get underway at 8.45 p.m. local time (1945GMT) but was cancelled at around 7.10 p.m. (1810GMT).

Police evacuated the 49,000-capacity HDI Arena, telling supporters not to panic and to return home.

YENISAFAK used the headline read: "Panic night", while HABERTURK headlined: "ISIL ghost is walking about in Europe."

The daily wrote: "Panic, fear and concerns are doing the rounds in Europe," mentioning about the cancellation of matches between Germany-Netherlands and Belgium-Spain, an evacuation in a train station in Hannover and cancellation of a concert in Germany over a bomb threat.

In sports news, STAR headlined: "Friendship score," referring to the Turkey-Greece match in Istanbul. VATAN, similarly wrote: "Friendship has won."

Turkey drew 0-0 with Greece in a friendly match in Istanbul on Tuesday night. Prime Minister Davutoglu and his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras watched the game at the Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium.

In economic news, DUNYA’s headline read: "$2.3billion lost in the suitcase," reporting that so-called luggage trade [carrying textile products via passenger flights] was in difficulty because of the economic recession in Turkey’s neighboring countries.

"There is $2.3billion loss in the suitcase trade in the first nine months of this year," the newspaper stated, pointing to crises, especially in Ukraine and Russia.

The suitcase trade has been a significant source of revenue for Turkey since the fall of the Soviet Union, when people from Russia, Romania, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia began to come in the 1990s to purchase consumer goods and pack their suitcases with items to sell at street markets back home.

The trade is primarily centered on Istanbul's Laleli district and in the back alleys of nearby Aksaray, close to the city’s historical and touristic heart.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Kasım 2015, 12:31
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