Turkey Press Review August 21st

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 21st, 2007.

Turkey Press Review August 21st

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 21st, 2007.

VATAN

IF GUL GETS ELECTED, HIS TIES WITH AK PARTY WILL NO LONGER EXIST, ERDOGAN

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared on Kanal D tv channel on Monday night. "If Abdullah Gul gets elected the new president of Turkey, his ties with the Justice and Development (AK) Party will no longer exist. He will become the president of all Turks. Those who claim that Gul can not be their president should leave Turkey, told Erdogan.

TURKEY WILL PURCHASE 6 BILLION KWH ELECTRICITY FROM IRAN, GULER

Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Hilmi Guler said that Turkey will purchase six billion KWH of electricity from Iran on an annual basis. According to Guler, three natural gas plants will be established on the Turkey-Iran border and Turkish businessmen will be able to build hydroelectric power plants in Iran.

CUMHURIYET

HE COULD NOT BE ELECTED IN FIRST ROUND

Abdullah Gul, the presidential candidate of the Justice & Development (AK) Party, could not get 367 votes, required to be elected in the first round of voting. Gul won 341 votes while other candidates Sabahattin Cakmakoglu got 70 and Tayfun Icli only 13. All political parties --- except the Republican People's Party (CHP) --- joined the voting. Ahmet Turk said, "we may support if we see a stance embracing every one". These remarks were interpreted as if the Democratic Society Party (DTP) can back Gul in the second round.

INTERESTING REMARKS FROM FORMER PM

Independent MP Mesut Yilmaz said that he expressed some of his concerns to Abdullah Gul, who paid a visit to him before the first round of presidential election. Asked if he warned Gul against a possible military intervention, Yilmaz said, "we will see it altogether in coming days. But he says he is aware of it (such a possibility)."

RADIKAL

THIS MAN SHOULD BE SENT AWAY

Every part of the society is reacting to Yusuf Halacoglu, the Chairman of the Turkish History Society (TTK). Halacoglu said that "Kurds are Turks and Alawites are Armenians". This even drew reaction of the Justice & Development (AK) Party. Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat of AK Party said, "this is a racist approach, the prosecutors should take action." On the other hand, AK Party MP Reha Camuroglu called on Prof. Halacoglu to resign.

REPROACH FROM ERDOGAN: SEZER HAS BLOCKED OUR PATH

PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized President Ahmet Necdet Sezer in a meeting with MPs from his AK Party. He said, "he has not approved any of our appointments since July 22nd, saying that this is a temporary government. He signed the decisions of the Supreme Military Council although National Defense Minister and I put our signatures under it. Isn't this a contradiction? Isn't this blocking our path?"

TURKIYE

NO SURPRISE, PROCESS CONTINUES

367 quorum crisis was overcome, and Abdullah Gul got 341 votes in the first round of presidential election. None of the candidates won enough votes to get elected the president in the first round. 448 MPs joined the voting, while Gul got 341 votes, Sabahattin Cakmakoglu won 70 and Tayfun Icli 13. 23 votes were blank while one vote was invalid. The second round will be held on Friday. After the first round, PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan drew attention to the support extended to Gul, and said, "we have 340 seats at the parliament, but Gul won 341 votes. This means that we have been extended more support than we expected."

LAST MGK WITH SEZER

This is the last time President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, two commanders (Naval and Air Forces commanders who will retire on August 30th) and three ministers (State Minister Abdullatif Sener, Interior Minister Osman Gunes and Justice Minister Fahir Kasirga) will participate in the National Security Council (MGK) meeting to be held today.

ZAMAN

EGYPTIAN HIJACKER HAS TIES TO PLANNER OF 9/11

Abdul Aziz Talikh, the Egyptian hijacker who hijacked an Atlas jet over the weekend, is a man of "Ahmet", the planner of 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers in the United States, said sources. Talikh and Ahmet remained in the same prison cell in Saudi Arabia. Ahmet is believed to be a high level Al Qaida member.

NATURAL GAS RESERVES FOUND IN KIRKLARELI

Zorlu Energy Group announced that it has found a highly rich natural gas reserve in north-western province of Kirklareli. The natural gas reserve is located near Babaeski town of Kirklareli and has a capacity of 90-100 million cubic meters.

YENI SAFAK

"367 WAS WRONG" CONFESSION FROM SEZER

President Ahmet Necdet Sezer said that it was wrong to seek a quorum of 367 for the first two rounds of the presidential election. "Participation of 184 MPs is enough," Sezer stated. It has once more proved with Sezer's words that laws were interpreted forcefully and this caused the "367 crisis" that locked Turkey and pushed it into a military statement discussion. Sezer asked PM Erdogan to withdraw the referendum on constitutional amendment that reduces the quorum from 367 to 184, and said, "participation of 184 MPs is enough. 367 discussions were wrong."

OATH-TAKING CEREMONY ON AUGUST 28TH

The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Democratic Left Party (DSP) and Democratic Society Party (DTP) as well as independent MPs joined the first round of presidential election. Republican People's Party (CHP) waited outside the general assembly hall under the instruction of chairman Deniz Baykal. DTP MPs cast blank votes while the opposition voted for their own candidates. In case a similar result is got in the second round, Abdullah Gul is expected to be elected by winning at least the necessary 267 votes in the third round on August 28th. The oath-taking ceremony will be held at the parliament at 6:00 p.m. the same day, and Gul will become the new president.

HURRIYET

HAND-IN-HAND, EYES-TO-EYES

France was one of the closest allies of Saddam Hussein, who was executed. It objected to a U.S. operation on Iraq. However, FM Kouchner went to Iraq four years later and appeared in "sincere photographs" with Talabani and Barzani.

During Jacques Chirac's rule, France was a country that sold arms to Saddam Hussein, had oil business with this country and condoned every type of human rights violation in Iraq. France's cross-Atlantic relations became tense since it objected to U.S. invasion. France had almost no contact with Baghdad in the last four years.

However, it has close relations with the USA and is holding talks with Baghdad. French FM Kouchner was the first French executive who visited Baghdad after the U.S. invasion. "We want to be beside them when democracy is rising in this country," he stated.

HIS ONE LEG IN PRESIDENTIAL PALACE

Although Abdullah Gul could not win 367 votes, required to be elected the new president, in the first round of voting, he overcame the first obstacle in this elections as the number of MPs who were present in the voting exceeded 367. Gul got 341 votes in the first round. In case a similar result is got in the second round to take place on Friday, election of Gul the new president will be left to the third round. It will be enough for a candidate to win 276 votes in the third round on August 28th, and Gul will become the new president of Turkey.

MILLIYET

WE WILL NOT CONTEST LEGITIMACY OF GUL'S PRESIDENCY, BAYKAL

"The election of the new president is being done according to the Turkish Constitution. We will respect the outcome of the presidential election," said Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Deniz Baykal. We will not contest the legitimacy of Abdullah Gul's presidency, added Baykal.

BITLIS SEARCHING FOR INVESTORS

The governor's office of the eastern province of Bitlis has made an investment of 12 million YTL and established a skiing center on Mount Nemrut. The governor's office is now making a call to the private sector to come to Bitlis and build new hotels.

SABAH

IT WILL BE OVER ON AUGUST 28TH

Abdullah Gul won 341 votes in the first round of presidential election. Sabahattin Cakmakoglu got 70 and Tayfun Icli got 13 votes. The second round will be held on Friday, and again a candidate has to win 367 votes to be elected the president. In the third round to take place on August 28th, 276 votes will be enough for Gul. Meanwhile, Office of Parliament Speaker distributed the invitation cards for oath-taking ceremony of the new president.

HE SAVED 25 PEOPLE, AND DIED

The rope of Ankara ferryboat was ripped off yesterday, killing security officer Zekeriya Timur. The ferryboat anchored at Sarayburnu port in Istanbul after it travelled from Bodrum to this metropolis. When ropes became tense due to a sudden movement of the ferry, Timur asked 25 people in the vicinity to stay back. The rope was ripped off and killed Timur as it hit his nape. Foot of a woman was also ripped off.

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