Turkish dailies on Tuesday covered President Erdogan’s chairing of a cabinet meeting as well as the rescue of 3 foreign students who had last been seen Jan. 14 on a hiking trail near Antalya


World Bulletin / News Desk

Tuesday’s newspapers dedicated their front pages to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's chairing Turkish government’s Council of Minister’s meeting for the first time as head of state at the Presidential Palace in Ankara on Monday.

HABERTURK ran with the headline, "The picture of a new term," describing the first cabinet meeting chaired by Erdogan as "historic."

Erdogan is the sixth president to head a cabinet meeting since 1946, when the country transitioned to a multiparty system in 1946.

SABAH, calling the cabinet meeting a “milestone," said the meeting, the first to be chaired by a president in the last 15 years, was also seen as a move to fortify cooperation between the president and the prime minister.

Speaking after the cabinet meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc dismissed claims from the media that Turkey had switched to a presidential system because of the cabinet meeting chaired by Erdogan.

"The parliamentary system is still functioning in Turkey. We have a president and a prime minister, both of whom are working within their realms of authority," he said.

Arinc also said the next cabinet meeting on Monday would be chaired by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, as usual, adding that no "periodic" cabinet meetings under Erdogan were planned.

"8.5 hours at palace," titled HURRIYET, referring to the length of the meeting. 

In other news, the majority of the Turkish dailies also reported on the fact that three foreign students, who had gone missing last week, near the southwestern city of Antalya, had been found alive and well.

"They ate insects and drank spring water," said both VATAN and MILLIYET. 

MILLIYET quoted one of the students, British David Mackie, as saying: "I am really hungry. I want to eat pizza, hamburger and kebap." 

British citizen David Mackie, 21, and two Dutch companions –Frisko De Vries, 21, and Merije De Groot, 21 – went missing on Jan. 14, when they were last seen on Turkey’s 540-kilometer “Lycian Way” hiking trail- a major tourist draw.

The students were spotted by a police helicopter on Monday morning.

The three youths came to Turkey as exchange students and are enrolled in Istanbul’s Bogazici and Kadir Has universities.

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