Turkey Press Review August 15th

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 15th, 2007.

Turkey Press Review August 15th
HURRIYET

I AM LEAVING AK PARTY THAT DAY

Abdullah Gul, who declared his candidacy for president on Tuesday, promised to embrace every one and be at equal distance to everybody. "Objectivity will be my principle," Gul said. Gul noted, "I was a member of Justice & Development (AK) Party since today. I will not be a member of AK Party the day I am elected (the president). I will be a president who embraces every one, be at equal distance to everybody and objective. I will fulfil my duties under the Constitution."

"Objectivity will be my principle. Nobody should have doubt about it. The president will be out of politics and leave behind his political identity. Protection of secularism, the fundamental principle of Constitution, will be my basic principle. Ensuring harmony among state institutions is my main duty," he added.

CLAIMS IN BACKSTAGES: 16 MINISTERS WILL BE CHANGED

It is said that PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan will make a big change in the cabinet, while AK Party members are shaken by the claims that 16 ministers will be replaced with new ones. According to AK Party sources, Kemal Unakitan will be the "big brother" of economy. Ali Babacan will be appointed as the Foreign Minister, while Culture & Tourism Ministry will be divided into two separate groups. Ertugrul Gunay may be the Minister of Culture, and Mehmet Ali Sahin may be appointed as the Minister of Tourism.

CHP'S STANCE: CANKAYA BOYCOTT

The Republican People's Party (CHP) will protest Abdullah Gul, as how Turgut Ozal was protested in the past. In case Gul is elected the president, CHP will not participate in receptions hosted at the Cankaya Presidential Palace. They will meet Gul only during crises.

MILLIYET

AFTER 112 DAYS

The rapturous atmosphere witnessed when Abdullah Gul's presidential candidacy was first announced, could not be seen this time. According to sources, some names such as Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan objected to Gul's candidacy during the Council of Ministers meeting held the other day. Meanwhile, State Ministers Ali Babacan and Besir Atalay, as well as Minister of Education Huseyin Celik said, "Gul should definitely run for presidency", the same sources stressed.

GUL'S FIRST MESSAGES TO TSK

Replying to a question on whether he expected any problems regarding the declaration released by Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) on April 27th, Gul stressed that such incidents were left behind. Recalling that he ran for presidency in accordance with the Constitution, Gul said, "The Constitution binds all the institutions. All institutions should act according to the Constitution. This is clear".

SABAH

THE CONSTITUTION WILL BE HIS GUIDE

Gul who is an official presidential candidate announced his principles: "The Constitution will be my guide. I will embrace everyone with neutrality." Gul submitted his petition to Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan and held a press conference yesterday. "If the high Parliament finds me worthy of this post, I will carry out my duties under the guidance of the Constitution of the Turkish Republic. It will be my main goal to protect and strengthen the principles of the Constitution," said Gul.

"The protection of secularism will my main principle, nobody should have doubts about that. I will leave behind my political identity and stay at an equal distance to everyone. I will take different views into consideration, I will emphatize them. I will also cooperate with Republican People's Party," said Gul.

MAJOR EARTHQUAKE AT MAJOR DAILY

Hurriyet, a major Turkish Daily, fired Emin Colasan, who is known for his articles criticizing the government yesterday. Hurriyet told Colasan that his contract has been cancelled last night. "This is not a subject that requires us to make an explanation. Unfortunately, problems like these occur sometimes between employers and employees," said the editor of Hurriyet, Oktay Eksi.

VATAN

SECULARISM: MAIN PRINCIPLE, I WILL BE OBJECTIVE

After he formally applied for candidacy, Abdullah Gul held a press conference and gave five important messages to relieve 53 percent of nation who did not vote for the Justice & Development (AK) Party. Here are Gul's messages:

1- Republic of Turkey is a democratic, secular and social state of law. It will be my main target to protect and strengthen these principles.

2- Protection of secularism is one of my main principles. Nobody should have any doubts. I will do what is necessary to protect secularism.

3- I will preserve unity, solidarity and integrity of the state and nation till the very end, and I will embrace all citizens.

4- I know sensitivities of all our institutions. My aim and duty will be to strengthen our country and nation.

5- My goal and duty will be to serve the goal of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the Founder of modern Turkey; that is, to make Turkey surpass the level of contemporary civilizations.

DTP MEMBERS WARM TOWARDS GUL

Democratic Society Party (DTP), which has 20 seats at parliament, will decide whether or not to support Gul after Gul visits DTP. DTP group deputy chairman Selahattin Demirtas said, "his approach to democratic solution of Kurdish issue is important. We will ask Gul, and decide according to his answer."

I WILL TAKE BACK THE LIST AND LEAVE

PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan will present the new cabinet list to President Ahmet Necdet Sezer on Thursday, and will not accept an objection to even one name. It has been learned that Erdogan said, "I will take the list and leave there if he tries to exclude one minister from the list." Meanwhile, it is said that Erdogan may make a surprise regarding Foreign Ministry. Ali Babacan may again be the State Minister, while Saban Disli or Egemen Bagis may be appointed as the Foreign Minister.

CUMHURIYET

'ELECTION PROCESS MAY BE HALTED'

Former Parliament Speaker Hüsamettin Cindoruk pointed out that there were two different regulations in the constitution regarding the presidential election. "One foreseeing the election of the president by the parliament and the other is the bill --subject to referendum-- foreseeing election of the President by popular vote. This parliament can not elect the new president according to the old constitution," said Cindoruk. Cindoruk underlined that the election of the new president by the parliament without solving this problem would be a violation of the constitution and said, "both articles of the constitution should be taken into consideration. If the main opposition party takes the issue to the Constitutional Court, it may halt the election process."

367 SUPPORT FROM MHP TO GUL

Justice and Development (AK) Party's presidential candidate Abdullah Gul started visits demanding support from the opposition parties by visiting the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and continued with Democratic Left Party (DSP) and Grand Unity Party (BBP). Chairmen of MHP and BBP guaranteed to support Gul with the 367 quorum. While Zeki Sezer the chairman of DSP pointed out that the tension in the society persisted, Chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP) Deniz Baykal did not give an appointment to Gul.

Gul who submitted a petition for candidacy to Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan said he became a candidate in order to keep the promises he gave to the public and tried to calm the Turkish Armed Forces. Gul underlined that he was aware of the sensitivities of the institutions and said, "Nobody should worry. I will do whatever it takes to preserve the 'Secularity' principle.

RADIKAL

DEMOCRACY'S TEST WITH HEADSCARF

Although nobody wants to express it, the main problem is presidential candidate Abdullah Gul's wife who wears a headscarf. This issue was also the focal point of the reactions raised against Gul's candidacy 3.5 months ago and Turkey reached the same point after the election. FM Gul became the target of opposition parties when he first announced his candidacy 3.5 months ago. Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) released a declaration and reacted against Gul's candidacy as well.

Consequently, Turkey had to go for general elections and Justice and Development (AK) Party became the ruling party again and even stronger, getting 46.6 percent of the votes. Gul's standing as a candidate for presidency brought Turkey back to the same point. All the comments pointed out that Gul's wife Hayrunnisa Gul's headscarf was the basic problem.

CHP TO PROTEST

The administration of Republican People's Party (CHP), which rejected Abdullah Gul's request for an appointment, released a harsh statement yesterday. "A person who is against the Republic and who gets the authorization to assign and promote judges and appoint rectors, will put the future of the regime in danger," CHP's statement declared.

The statement also described Gul's presidential candidacy as "the return match against secularism and the democratic Republic". "CHP will not participate in 'Republic receptions' and visits to foreign countries, if Gul becomes the president," Mustafa Ozyurek from CHP affirmed.

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