Turkish Press Review August 10th

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 10th, 2007.

Turkish Press Review August 10th
TURKIYE

WHOLE COMPROMISE

The parliament passed through one of its most important examinations in a "compromise" which is very rarely seen in Turkish political history. 535 MPs attended the voting and Justice and Development (AK) Party nominee Koksal Toptan became the 24th Parliament Speaker with 450 votes. Nominee of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Tunca Toskay got 74 votes. Independent Parliamentarian Kamer Genc withdrew his candidacy.

ERDOGAN: PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION PROCESS WILL START TODAY

Giving the message that, "minority can not have domination over majority," Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the process for the election of the president would start today. CRITICAL "YES" TO STRIKE IN THY Candan Karlitekin, CEO of the Turkish Airlines (THY), said 9,670 of the 10,500 staff voted for a strike to be organized by the Turkish Civil Aviation Union (Hava-Is). Karlitekin said 4,555 of the staff voted "no" and 5,015 of them voted "yes" for the strike decision.

ZAMAN

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION PROCESS TO START TODAY

After congratulating Koksal Toptan who was elected the new parliament speaker with 450 votes, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the presidential election process would start on Friday.

ANKARA AUTHORIZES TPAO TO EXPLORE OIL IN WATERS AROUND CYPRUS

The crisis on exploration for oil in Mediterranean Sea has been getting deeper between Turkey and the Greek Cypriot administration. Greek Cypriot executives who launched tenders on exploration for natural gas and oil in some regions in Mediterranean Sea aim to complete the tender process on August 16th. On the other hand, Turkish government took a reciprocal step. The Council of Ministers has authorized the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) to make seismic research in four regions in East Mediterranean.

YENI SAFAK

STRIKE EMERGED FROM THE BALLOT BOX

The strike voting that was held upon the failure of collective agreement bargaining between Turkish Airlines and Hava-Is labour union resulted with a 'yes'. There were 5015 'yes' votes and 4555 'no' votes. Chairman of the THY Board of Executives Karlitekin said, "we will take a decision for lockout."

VATAN

WE CAN NOT LEAVE ASIDE THE WILL OF THE NATION

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made important statements following election of AK Party Zonguldak MP Koksal Toptan in the first round with a wide compromise. Erdogan said this was a positive step and noted, "we are going through a period in which our country expects such kind of a solidarity. However, I should state that democracy does not authorize us to leave aside the will of our nation. The will of the nation wants us to act in line with this direction while giving us representation authority. We wish to have similar outcomes in the next process together."

TOPTAN BECOMES PARLIAMENT SPEAKER IN THE FIRST ROUND

Nominee of AK Party Koksal Toptan was elected as the Parliament Speaker with 450 votes when Republican People's Party (CHP) and Democratic Society Party (DTP) supported. 535 MPs attended the voting. MHP candidate Tunca Toskay got 74 votes. Arinc was elected with 381 votes in the previous period. Toptan said, "all parties are my parties from now on."

CUMHURIYET

PEOPLE IN ANKARA SUFFER FROM WATER CUT

Water cut in the capital Ankara causes several problems. Surgical operations have been cancelled in hospitals in Ankara. Patients have been discharged from Hacettepe, Ibni Sina, Cebeci and Diskapi SSK hospitals due to water cut.

NUMBER OF TOURISTS VISITING ANTALYA ON RISE

There has been a great increase in the number of foreign tourists visiting southern resort city of Antalya. Nearly 650 planes land at and take off from the Antalya Airport a day. Most of foreign tourists arriving in Antalya to spend their holiday are from Russia. Executives from Russian Federation's consulate general in the city have held meetings with representatives from the tourism sector to find solutions to problems of Russian people.

RADIKAL

ERDOGAN: THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE IS EVIDENT

Koksal Toptan of Justice and Development (AK) Party won the 450 of the 535 votes and was elected the new Parliament Speaker. The presidential election debates stirred. Erdogan said, "democracy does not authorise us to leave aside the will of the people. The party groups will speak in proportion with the authorization they receive from the people." Baykal said, "if they nominate a presidential candidate like they did with the parliament speaker election, we will support them."

SERDENGECTI WARNED: THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION PROCESS JEOPARDISES STABILITY

Former Central Bank Governor Serdengecti warned politicians: "if the presidential election process is not well managed, the reforms will be impeded, the foreign currencies and interest rates will climb. The current stability will be missed despite the single party rule."

HURRIYET

MESSAGE UNDER AN ASSUMED NAME

An article published in Yeni Safak Newspaper with a nick name was commented as a message to Abdullah Gul that, "success of the election is not yours, but AK Party's." It was claimed that the article by "Yasin Dogan", was in fact written by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's advisor Yalcin Akdogan. The article said, "it will be an injustice to consider all of the AK Party votes as a reaction to the incidents in presidential process. The main element determining the 46 percent is the search for stability and the transformation fulfilled by the AK Party ruling." DECISION FOR STRIKE IN THY Turkish Airlines (THY) staff decided for a strike at the end of a voting that lasted for 4 days. The THY administration said, "we will implement lock-out decision immediately when necessary." Eyes now turned to Council of Ministers which has the authorization to postpone the strike.

MILLIYET

COMPROMISE IN PARLIAMENT BRINGS RECORD LEVEL OF VOTES

Koksal Toptan, a deputy from Justice & Development (AK) Party, was elected the new Parliament Speaker of Turkey with 450 votes with the support by Republican People's Party (CHP) and Democratic Left Party (DSP). President Ahmet Necdet Sezer sent a telegram to Toptan wishing him success as the new parliament speaker. Meanwhile, in the Parliamentary General Assembly in which the election for the parliament speaker was held, Democratic Society Party (DTP) deputies shook hands with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul. LINES OF ADVISOR Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's advisor Yalcin Akdogan gave a message that Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul should not be a presidential candidate in his article in Yeni Safak daily. Akdogan said, "if the message of the election is stability, we should preserve it. We should refrain from a political atmosphere which might cause new crises."

SABAH

CANKAYA IMPLICATION

PM Erdogan who congratulated Justice and Development (AK) Party Zonguldak Deputy Koksal Toptan who was elected Parliament Speaker with large compromise and a record number of votes yesterday, together with FM Gul and Former Parliament Speaker Arinc gave important messages regarding the presidential elections: "Democracy does not authorise us to leave aside the will of the people. When the people assign us to represent their will, they want us to use it in that direction. The party groups will speak in proportion with the authorization they receive from the people."

THE COST OF PISTOLS FROM HIS OWN POCKET

National Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul spoke on the pistols he presented as gifts to other ministers and said "I paid them from my own pocket." "I purchased the Yavuz 16 model Girsan MKEK production pistols for 600YTL each with campaign prices," said Gonul.

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