These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 29th, 2007
SECULARISM IS THE ASSURANCE FOR PEACE, GUL
After the oath-taking ceremony at the parliament, President Abdullah Gul said, "I am aware of the complication of my post. I will maintain my impartiality. My doors will be open to everybody". "Democracy and secularism are the basic values of the Republic of Turkey. Secularism is a rule for social peace," Gul added.
UNCERTAINTY OVER, ERDOGAN
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that the requirements for democracy were fulfilled with Gul's election as president. "Since May 16th, there was an atmosphere condemned to uncertainty. From now on, our goal will be carrying our country to a further level altogether, shoulder to shoulder," Erdogan affirmed.
CABINET LIST TO BE PRESENTED TO PRESIDENT'S OFFICE TODAY
After Abdullah Gul was elected the new president of Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he hoped that it would be in the best interest of Turkey, Turkish Republic and the nation as a whole. "I consider his election a favorable outcome reached by the parliament for a more advanced democracy," Erdogan stressed and thanked political parties and independent parliamentarians for attending the general assembly. Erdogan stated that he would present the new cabinet list to the president at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
RAIN BRINGS WATER TO ISTANBUL
Rainy weather made happy residents of Istanbul. Mayor Kadir Topbas said that the rain that has fallen in the city during the last two days met Istanbul's water need for five or six days.
GUL TAKES OVER OFFICE
Abdullah Gul, a MP of the Justice & Development (AK) Party from central Anatolian city of Kayseri, won 339 votes in the third round of presidential election, and became the 11th president of Turkey. "I will embrace all my citizens, I will be impartial, and work for a harmony among state organs," he said after he was elected. After taking oath at the parliament, Gul made a keynote speech in which he emphasized democracy, state of law, secularism and social state. Gul said, "Turkey is a democratic, secular state of law. Democracy is a social peace element for different living styles. The easiest way to eliminate clashes and disputes in a society is commitment to the principle of secularism."
EU: MEMBERSHIP PROCESS TO SPEED UP WITH GUL
First congratulation to Gul came from the EU. European Commission President Barroso said that Gul's election will have an immediate effect on Turkey's EU accession bid, and it will speed up the process.
CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES FROM WORLD LEADERS
Leaders who first congratulated Gul were U.S. President Bush, German Chancellor Merkel and Greek PM Caramanlis.
Justice & Development (AK) Party Kayseri deputy and Foreign Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul became the 11th president of Turkey. A brand new period has started with Gul's election as the president. Gul is the first president of Turkey whose wife wears headscarf.
UGUR ZIYAL TO BECOME GUL'S RIGHT-HAND MAN
There will be a new staff for the Presidential Office. Former Foreign Ministry Undersecretary and Ambassador in Rome Ugur Ziyal is expected to become secretary general for the Presidential Office, the most important post in the office. On the other hand, Turkish Ambassador in Tehran Gurcan Turkoglu is also expected to be appointed to another important post.
GUL BECOMES PRESIDENT
Justice and Development (AK) Party, which pushed Turkey into an intense period with persistence and imposition, carried its candidate to the Presidential Palace after the voting that took place without the participation of Republican People's Party (CHP) and following the oath-taking ceremony which was not attended by Force Commanders. Abdullah Gul received 339 votes at the third round of the voting of presidential election.
LAST VISIT TO ANITKABIR
Ahmet Necdet Sezer, who handed over presidency to Abdullah Gul, paid his last visit to Ataturk's Mauseloum Anitkabir, prior to the handover ceremony. "Republic of Turkey will carry on with the war of enlightenment that you started, in a determined way," Sezer wrote in the special register of Anitkabir.
ABDULLAH GUL BECOMES 11TH PRESIDENT OF TURKEY
Abdullah Gul won 339 votes in the third round of voting at the parliament, and was elected the 11th President of Turkey. 448 MPs joined the voting which was not participated by the MPs from the Republican People's Party (CHP). AK Party MPs applauded Gul for minutes. Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan gave Gul the certificate confirming his election as the president, and then Gul sworn in as the president at the Parliamentary General Assembly at 6:00 p.m. CHP MPs, Chief of General Staff and commanders did not attend the ceremony. Gul later went to the Presidential Palace to take over the office from Sezer. The hand-over ceremony began behind closed doors at 7:30 p.m. The Sezer couple left the Presidential Palace with a civilian car at 7:50 p.m.
EMPHASIS ON LIBERTIES AND SECULARISM
President Abdullah Gul gave messages of commitment to democracy and the Republic in the speech he made to thank the MPs at the parliament after his election. In his speech, Gul said, "the Republic of Turkey is a democratic, secular and social state of law. I will be in an effort to defend and fortify these principles without any discrimination. Secularism is a social peace role as well as a model that liberalizes different living styles in a democratic life which is a system of rights and liberties. Being a transparent community is a must for development of the countries and happiness of the people. We should not divert from the goal to become a transparent society in which every idea that does not include violence is freely expressed. We should protect our liberties in all circumstances as our most vital values."
HIS FIRST STATEMENT FOCUSES ON SECULARISM
Abdullah Gul, the 11th President of Turkey, was sworn in as president at the Parliamentary General Assembly. Gul underlined the importance of secularism during his first speech as the president. Gul said, "my doors will be open to anyone. I will act in close cooperation with all political parties and NGOs without making any discrimination."
GUL RECEIVES SEVERAL CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES
Foreign leaders sent congratulatory messages to Abdullah Gul, who was elected the 11th president of Turkey. While German President Horst Koehler was the one who congratulated Gul first, U.S. President George W. Bush spoke to Gul on the phone. On the other hand, European Union Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso said that Gul's election and the new government may present an opportunity for fresh, positive and swift progress in Turkey's membership negotiations with the EU.
GUL PERIOD AT CANKAYA
Justice and Development (AK) Party's Kayseri MP Abdullah Gul was elected president at the third round with the help of his party's votes. Gul received a total of 339 votes at this round during which Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and Democratic Left Party (DSP) supported their own candidates and in which Republican People's Party (CHP) did not participate. Gul took oath at the parliament at 6 p.m. and delivered his first speech as president afterwards. Gul's wife Hayrunnisa Gul did not attend the oath-taking ceremony.
SECULARISM DESCRIPTION AT FIRST SPEECH
Delivering a speech following the oath-taking ceremony at the Turkish parliament, Gul said, "during my presidency, I will embrace all our citizens without any discrimination. I will maintain my impartiality and do everything in my power to ensure harmony among state organs". Commenting on the secularism issue as well, Gul noted, "secularism, one of the basic principles of the Republic, is a social peace role as well as a model that liberalizes different life styles in a democratic life which is a system of rights and liberties".
11TH PRESIDENT: ABDULLAH GUL
Here are the first remarks of Abdullah Gul after he was elected the president: "I will be impartial. We should not be afraid of liberties, but protect them. Differences and diversities are our wealth. I will embrace all our citizens." Gul was elected the new president of Turkey in the third round of voting at the parliament in which the Republican People's Party (CHP) did not participate. Gul, who preferred to wear a dark suit instead of a tail coat like (his predecessor) Ahmet Necdet Sezer, sworn in as president, applauded by MPs and took over the office.
In the speech he made at the parliament, Gul gave messages of unity and solidarity, and said, "a citizen cannot be treated badly in a country just because of his/her beliefs. Everybody has confidence in democratic system. I will work for gender equality." Commanders did not attend the sworn-in ceremony. They had not participated in the oath-taking ceremony of the MPs when the parliament opened (at the beginning of August). Gul took over the office from Sezer after laying a wreath on Ataturk's Mausoleum.
60TH GOVERNMENT TO BE SUBMITTED TODAY
PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay a visit to President Abdullah Gul at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday to submit the new cabinet list. Gul's first duty as the President will be to examine and approve the cabinet list --- which was not approved by his predecessor Sezer. Erdogan had said that there will be seven or eight new ministers in the cabinet.