Turkey Press Review August 30th

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 30th, 2007.

Turkey Press Review August 30th
These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 30th, 2007.


TURKIYE

GRADUATION EXCITEMENT


President Gul attended the graduation ceremony at the Gulhane Military Medical Academy (GATA) in Ankara. When President Gul arrived at the ceremony, also attended by the Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan and PM Erdogan, Chief of General Staff Yasar Buyukanit welcomed him at the entrance. Gul who entered the hall with Gen. Buyukanit, shook hand with force commanders.


PM ERDOGAN FORMS 60TH GOVERNMENT OF REPUBLIC OF TURKEY

Eight new names appeared as ministers at the '60th Government' with a total of 24 ministers led by PM Erdogan. Cemil Cicek, Hayati Yazici and Nazim Ekrem became the new deputy PMs. 6 ministers of the 59th government were assigned to new posts in the 60th government.

"To continue the confidence and stability of our former government will be our greatest mission. We are continuing our path with a new excitement. Our goal is a more libertarian Turkey," said PM Erdogan who announced the government after his one and a half hour meeting with President Gul.


ZAMAN


BESIKTAS AND FENERBAHCE QUALIFY TO

LEAGUE OF GIANTS AT NIGHT OF VICTORY


Fenerbahce and Besiktas beat their opponents both with a score of 2-0 and advanced to the league of giants. While Delgado scored the goals for Besiktas in their victory over FC Zurich, it was Alex and Kezman from Fenerbahce who beat Anderlecht with their goals.


I UNITED EXPERIENCE WITH CHANGE

PM Erdogan said he formed the new Council of Ministers with an effort to unite experience with change in his speech before announcing the new cabinet. Erdogan who stated that he carried out extensive talks while determining the members of the new cabinet, said he shaped the cabinet in accord with their goals in the new term. The PM who underlined that they would continue on their path with a strong team said, "in the new term we will work for a prosperous and free Turkey."


YENI SAFAK

WE WILL CONTINUE WITH NEW ENTHUSIASM, ERDOGAN


Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan formed the 60th government of the Republic of Turkey. While 8 new ministers, 4 of them newly elected MPs, were appointed in the new cabinet, 6 former ministers who held posts in the previous cabinet were not appointed this time.

"We will be continuing on our path with a new enthusiasm, new dynamism and with new blood," Erdogan affirmed.


GUL TO CONTINUE WATCHING TURKEY'S FOREIGN POLICIES

President Abdullah Gul stated that he would continue to be interested in Turkey's foreign policies during his presidency.

In a farewell letter he sent to Foreign Ministry officials, Gul said, "During my new post, I will continue to watch closely the issues related to foreign ministry and Turkey's foreign policies".

VATAN

ARMY DOES NOT SMILE


In spite of the extremely hot weather of August, cold winds are blowing in capital Ankara. The tension between the force commanders and President Abdullah Gul can be perceived everywhere.

The commanders, who did not participate in Gul's oath-taking ceremony in the parliament, displayed a different stance at GATA's graduation ceremony yesterday and this stance was reflected in reception invitations as well.

President Gul was invited without his wife to the reception to be held by Turkish Land Forces this evening. Gul's wife was not invited to the August 30th Victory Day celebrations and graduation ceremonies to be held at War Academies, either.


TWO SURPRISES IN NEW CABINET

Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the 60th government of Turkey. There were two surprises in the new cabinet list. While former Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu was excluded from the government, Besir Atalay, whose appointment as Education Minister was previously rejected by former President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, became the new Interior Minister.


CUMHURIYET

COLD GREETING TO GUL


President Abdullah Gul had his first disappointment at the first military ceremony he attended as president. General Staff Chief Gen. Yasar Buyukanit and other commanders did not salute Gul at the ceremony.

The stance against Gul could also be perceived during the delivery of diplomas to the graduates. While Gul was presenting the students with diplomas, he received a quite silent applause. Meanwhile, participants applauded loudly when Buyukanit was presenting diplomas.


8 NEW NAMES IN CABINET

Premier Erdogan submitted the cabinet list of Turkey's 60th government to Cankaya. After a 1.5-hour meeting, President Abdullah Gul approved the list. While Erdogan kept the 11 previous names in the list, Ertugrul Gunay, Zafer Caglayan, Mehmet Simsek, Hayati Yazici, Nazim Ekren, Faruk Celik, Said Yazicioglu and Veysel Eroglu became the new ministers.


RADIKAL

PM ERDOGAN FORMS 60TH GOVERNMET


There are 8 new ministers in the cabinet with 25 total members. Atalay is assigned as Minister of the Interior to replace Abdulkadir Aksu. Chief EU negotiator Ali Babacan also became Foreign Minister.

President Gul approved the new government submitted by PM Erdogan. The number of ministers was raised from 22 to 24. There appeared 8 new ministers in the new cabinet. "We have formed a strong team. We will work to grant more freedoms and produce more welfare," said PM Erdogan.

It is striking that Aksu is removed from the Ministry of the Interior and Atalay was assigned in his place. Babacan who will take over the FM post from Gul will also continue to serve as the Chief EU Negotiator. State Minister Sahin was assigned as Minister of Justice and Cicek as Deputy PM.


COMMANDERS APPEAR COLD IN FIRST CONTACT

Gul attended a ceremony hosted by the Armed Forces at the Gulhane Military Medical Academy (GATA). When Chief of General Staff Gen. Buyukanit stepped up to present gifts to the graduating young lieutenants he did not salute Gul and the commanders saluted Gen. Buyukanit. The commanders addressed Gul not as "our distinguished President" but as only "distinguished President."

HURRIYET

FIRST IMPRESSION


World press, which highlighted 11th President Abdullah Gul's remarks on secularism that he expressed after being elected, asked whether "an Islamic future was waiting for Turkey".

While The New York Times indicated that "the 84-year ruling of secular state was over", the Washington Post claimed that "there would either be a military coup in Turkey or the armed forces will get used to political Islam".

On the other hand, TIME asked whether Turkey would have an Islamic future after Gul's election.


NO WIVES AT FIRST CEREMONY

President Abdullah Gul and Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan participated in the graduation ceremony of Gulhane Military Medical Academy (GATA) without their wives, in compliance with the invitation of the military. Meanwhile, Turkish Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan and commanders attended the ceremony with their wives.


NEIGHBOR REJECTS HUMANITARIAN AID

Greece, which has been recently experiencing a forest disaster, did not accept the humanitarian aid trucks sent by Turkish aid organization Kizilay (Red Crescent). The trucks had to return to Red Crescent headquarters from the border. Greece's attitude rose reactions against Greek PM Costas Karamanlis in the country.


MILLIYET

NO SURPRISES IN COUNCIL OF MINISTERS


PM Erdogan who submitted the list of council of ministers he prepared to the Presidential Palace yesterday, announced it after the meeting that lasted one and a half hours. While the place of four ministers in the former cabinet was changed in the new one, Abdulkadir Aksu, Osman Pepe and Atilla Koc lost their chairs. As well as Ali Coskun who was not included in the deputy candidate list and Abdullatif Sener who did not want to be nominated during general elections, Abdullah Gul who was elected president are not on the list.

Erdogan assigned Nazim Ekren and Hayati Yazici --one of the closest names to him-- as Deputy PM. Ekren became the coordinator for economy. Mehmet Simsek, Veysel Eroglu, Zafer Caglayan, Faruk Celik, M.Said Yazicioglu and Ertugrul Günay are the new names in the cabinet. Cemil Cicek, Mehmet Ali Sahin, Ali Babacan and Besir Atalay were assigned to different posts.


NIGHT OF GIANTS

Fenerbahce and Besiktas, two major soccer teams in the Turkcell Super League of Turkey, qualified to the Champions League last night with two dominating victories. The Canaries --Fenerbahce-- won against the Anderlecht in Belgium (2-0) and the Eagles (Besiktas) won against Zurich in Istanbul (2-0). Kezman and Alex were the scorers for Fenerbahce while it was Delgado who scored twice for Besiktas. Both teams earned 3 million Euro each as they advanced to the Champions League.


SABAH

PM DOES NOT BREAK APART THE TEAM

PM Erdogan submitted the new cabinet to President Gul on his first day at the Presidential Palace. The meeting that started at 4:00 p.m. lasted longer than expected and ended at 5:30 p.m.

Here are the 8 new names in the cabinet: deputy PMs Hayati Yazici and Nazim Ekren, state ministers Mehmet Simsek and Said Yazicioglu, Minister of Forestry Veysel Eroglu, Minister of Culture Ertugrul Gunay, Minister of Industry Zafer Caglayan and Labour Minister Faruk Celik.


DAY OF VICTORY

Fenerbahce beat Anderlecht and Besiktas won against Zurich both with a score of '2-0' and presented double victories to our country. After four years we are being represented with two teams at the Champions League.

Fenerbahce won a dominating victory in Belgium against Anderlecht which they had hardly beat in Istanbul (1-0).

Fenerbahce who took the lead with a goal by Kezman as early as the 3rd min. was the better side through out the rest of the game. Alex who scored a goal in the second leg as he had done in Istanbul and goal-keeper Volkan were the influential players of the game. Our representatives who advanced to the Champions League won 5,4 million Euros.

Besiktas won against the Swiss team 'Zurich' in Istanbul with great support from their fans and two goals by Delgado. The Argentinean player flew the Eagles --Besiktas-- to the Champions League with two super headers. Ertugrul Saglam's team is in the giants' arena after four years.

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