Turkish dailies on Tuesday covered commemorations marking the 76th anniversary of the death of Ataturk, founder of Republic of Turkey, plus plans to retire thousands of senior police officers ahead of retirement age.


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Turkish dailies on Tuesday extensively covered commemoration ceremonies marking the 76th anniversary of the death of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Republic of Turkey.

The front page of today’s HURRIYET reads “It comes from our hearts,” referring to the thousands of people who traveled to Anitkabir, Ataturk’s mausoleum in the Turkish capital.

The newspaper reports that this year’s commemoration ceremony was different from previous events as the Turkish Stars, the formation-flying branch of the air force, flew slowly over the mausoleum, making the shape of a heart.

The same image was used by VATAN, which also quoted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying: “Ataturk’s 1920s ideals and ideas have been put on the back burner.”

HABERTURK also quotes Erdogan referring to the phrase ‘New Turkey’ which was used in his presidential campaign this year and which also featured in the writings of Ataturk.

The paper quoted Erdogan as saying: “An emphasis on a ‘New Turkey’ was repeatedly made in Ataturk’s book Nutuk [Speech].”

In other news, Turkish dailies also covered Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc’s comments on a new reform plan for the country’s police force.

MILLIYET quotes Arinc saying that there are too many senior officials: “We have 81 provinces but there are almost 2,000 high-ranking police chiefs.”

According to the newspaper, Arinc said that there are around 1,500 such officers who are waiting for retirement age – 60 – but who are not performing.

Arinc said that the new regulation would tackle police overstaffing by retiring officers before the age of 60.

Turkish dailies also covered a football match overseen by the country’s first FIFA-certified head-scarfed woman in the western province of Afyon.

HABERTURK quoted Burha Yurdakul, 21, as saying: “I was waiting for one year. If you have dreams, don’t give up.”


Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Kasım 2014, 13:41

Muhammed Öylek