TURKISH PRESS REVIEW JAN 27

- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Greece's new Premier Alexis Tsipras made the headlines of Turkish dailies on Tuesday along with reports that Kurds in Turkey and Syria celebrated a reported victory against ISIL in Kobani.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW JAN 27
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Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Greece's new premier Alexis Tsipras made the headlines of most domestic dailies on Tuesday.

Erdogan, speaking to journalists on a plane while returning from a trip to the Horn of Africa, said a presidential government was the best fit for the country.

"Presidential system will unchain shackles," was SABAH’s headline. "The current system is like shackles. Why would we not get rid of it? A presidential government would gain more power for Turkey," the daily quoted Erdogan as saying.

Erdogan, who is Turkey’s first head-of-state to be directly elected, unusually chaired a cabinet meeting earlier this month.

AKSAM also quotes Erdogan as he backed a presidential system to create faster a decision-making process. "There is a presidential system in most of the developed countries. This means it yields results," he added.

VATAN takes another angle on Erdogan's remarks, as he said his government at the time noticed the threat from a "parallel structure" – the name the administration gives to an alleged organization that has infiltrated the judiciary and police forces and is linked to Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic cleric living in the U.S.

"We were victims of our good will," said Erdogan, according to the daily. "We realized it when they made an operation against the National Intelligence chief," he added, referring to a prosecutor who tried to summon intelligence head Hakan Fidan, who had been running confidential talks with the Kurdish armed group, the PKK.

Erdogan's government has amended legislation over investigating intelligence personnel; such probes are now only possible with the prime minister’s approval.

HABERTURK says in its headline: "They would take me down after Fidan," with Erdogan accusing the "parallel structure" of orchestrating a plot against him.

In other news, the Greek election also found wide coverage in Turkish dailies, as YENI SAFAK ran the headline "Europe lost its composure," reporting that the left-wing Syriza party’s victory "upset the balance" on the continent.

Syriza is against austerity measures imposed on the struggling Greek economy and aims to re-negotiate the country's big bulk of debt.

YENI SAFAK also claims that the victorious Greek party supported 2013's wide anti-government protests in Turkey, known as the Gezi Park protests, plus an outlawed far-left organization which conducted a suicide attack at a U.S. embassy in Ankara in early 2013.

HURRIYET focused on Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras' secular oath that he took when becoming prime minister, as he did not swear on the Bible. The daily also reports that three Turkish-origin Syriza MPs took their seats in the Greek parliament.

"Neither Bible, nor tie," headlines VATAN, referring to Tsipras' casual dress. The party formed a new government at "jet speed" with support from a small, right-wing anti-austerity party.

In another news, Turkish dailies cover reports on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's apparent defeat in the Syrian border town of Kobani, following resistance by Kurdish forces and coalition airstrikes for more than six months.

MILLIYET says some of the people who fled the town last September started to turn back as the mainly Kurdish joint forces cleared Kobani of ISIL fighters.

VATAN reports that many in Turkey’s mostly-Kurdish southeast hit the streets to celebrate the liberation of the town.

 

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