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The daily ran a headline story about a recently uncovered document regarding the May 27, 1960 coup and the defense statement of a politician who was later executed. It has been revealed that Hasan Polatkan, a politician hanged after the May 27 coup, had a 175-page defense statement which he was not allowed to read in court. Polatkan’s defense was found in the vault of a colonel. “History has once again showed that no undemocratic practice goes unnoticed,” the daily exclaimed.
The government is trying to put to vote the constitutional amendment package envisaging the election of the president with popular vote at the parliament before the declaration of the general elections candidate lists. The government decided to resist to the president's veto of the constitutional amendment. The Justice and Development (AK) Party is trying to adopt the bill before June 4th when the candidate lists will be posted. The government who is assuming that the deputies who will not be on the candidate lists would not attend the voting, decided to send the constitutional amendment package to the Constitution Commission without waiting for 48 hours and having the legal grounds of the veto read at the parliament. Republican People's Party (CHP) deputies objected to this decision saying that it was a violation of the bylaw. CHP, said it would file a motion about the decision at the Constitutional Court.
Republican People's Party started its election campaign in Mersin. Baykal who arrived at the rally together with Chairman of Democratic Left Party Zeki Sezer and Ilhan Kesici said, "we will not allow those who are harming the Republic." Thousands participated at the rally.
The daily ran a story about the thousands of people who gathered in Ankara’s Ulus Square, which was hit by a terror attack last Tuesday, and the opening of the Anafartalar mall, the venue where the suicide attack took place. “Best answer to terrorism” read the daily’s headline, saying people who gathered in the square chanted slogans against terrorism as they gave a messages like, “You cannot defeat us.” State Ministers Beşir Atalay, Ali Babacan and former Justice Minister Cemil Çiçek also attended the re-opening of the mall. Shop owners posted photos of some of the victims, the daily said.
“Journey to hope,” read the daily’s headline in reference to people suffering from cancer who go to China from Turkey for genetic treatment. Thousands of people flock to China for this treatment, where its cost varies between $8 and $60,000. With the large number of people going from Turkey, a special unit was opened for Turks in a hospital in Beijing. Chinese doctors claim that genetic treatment, still under discussion in the world, shrinks cancer tumors.
The daily ran a story about giant fast food producers using unhealthy fat in Turkey although they had ended such practices in the US. It asked, “Are our children not important?” Although fast food producers in the US are giving up using saturated fat and trans fat, which are as dangerous as smoking for one’s health, the same companies have not taken a single step in Turkey for the end of use of such fats. Fast food companies prefer to use trans fats due to the low cost since they can re-use it many times when frying food, the daily said.
Turkey's national air carrier Turkish Airlines (THY) will begin flights to Batumi as of May 29th, 2007, a statement from THY said Saturday. Flights are scheduled for every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. THY will carry its passengers at 59 YTL during a promotion campaign until end of June.
SeaWolf 2007 Naval Exercise ended on Saturday with "the Observer Day." President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit attended the exercises. Erdogan, Gen. Buyukanit and other observers got on board "Meltem" assault boat and observed its manoeuvre capabilities.
U.S. Secretary of State Rice telephoned Turkish FM Abdullah Gul and condemned the bomb attack in Ankara. Rice gave the message that the USA was together with Turkey in fight against terrorism. Answering a question on whether the issue of a cross-border operation was mentioned during the call, FM Gul said, "we will decide on these matters on our own, we will not ask others."
England offered 3,500£ to Turkish citizens who had arrived in England illegally for returning to their country. Trip fares to the airport and flight costs will also be paid, it was announced in adds that were published in Turkish newspapers in England.
Alliance of the Republican People's Party (CHP) and the Democratic Left Party (DSP) kicked off their election campaign with a public rally in the southern city of Mersin. CHP leader Deniz Baykal, DSP Chairman Zeki Sezer and Ilhan Kesici, a former senior figure of the center right, made joint appearance at the rally. "You have assigned us a mission and we have united," Baykal told the crowd.
Turkey's Fenerbahce football team clinched its 17th league title and the champion's cup on its 100th anniversary at a splendid ceremony at Istanbul's Sukru Saracoglu Stadium. Fenerbahce received the cup from Turkish Football Federation head Haluk Ulusoy.
The election campaign of the Republican People's Party(CHP) kicked off in Mersin with the "Republic Festival" with the participation of 150,000 citizens. When the participation exceeded the anticipated figures, the parts of the square that was initially planned to be left empty was also filled with citizens. CHP Chairman Deniz Baykal and Democratic Left Party (DSP) Chairman Zeki Sezer arrived at the rally square where CHP and DSP flags were waved side by side. Baykal who stated they would defend and enhance democracy altogether said, "We are not going to allow those who want to destroy the republic with the resources of democracy."
Social Democratic People's Party (SHP) Chairman Murat Karayalcin said his party decided not to enter the elections. Stressing that they wanted to be a part of the CHP-DSP unity but their calls were turned down, Karayalcin said that no response came from the chairmen of the two parties so they would make a decision to enter the elections with independent candidates next week.
Source: AA and Today’s Zaman
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