TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON AUG 26

Wednesday’s dailies mainly cover moves to form an interim government, plus the aftermath of flooding in northeastern Turkey

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON AUG 26

World Bulletin / News Desk

Wednesday’s dailies mainly dedicated their front pages to developments on an interim Turkish government in the run-up to a November election, plus the aftermath of extreme flooding in the Black Sea province of Artvin.

MILLIYET ran with the headline: “Compulsory government,” referring to Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s remarks.

The daily quoted Davutoglu as saying: “This [provisional government] is not my will. It is a constitutional obligation and responsibility.”

A fresh general election in Turkey will be held on Nov. 1, nearly five months after an inconclusive poll which saw no party win an overall majority.

Davutoglu now has the task of forming a provisional administration in the run-up to the election.

HURRIYET’s headline read: “Response time is 24 hours.”

The daily reported that Davutoglu would give 24 hours to those whom he wants to be a minister in the caretaker administration, to respond to an offer.

In accordance with a list prepared by parliament and sent to Davutoglu, the Justice and Development (AK) Party will be granted 11 ministries, while the Republican People’s Party (CHP) would have five, prime ministry sources said.

The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) will have three ministries each. Parties can choose whether or not to participate in the interim cabinet.

AKSAM ran the headline: “The process has started. 68 days left [until November 1 election],” stating that Davutoglu will start to send out invitations to MPs from the relevant parties as of today [Wednesday].

Newspapers also focused on stories about the aftermath of Monday’s flooding and landslides in the northeastern Turkish province of Artvin; the extreme conditions have claimed eight lives so far.

VATAN wrote: “Three omissions in disaster,” running a photo showing the aftermath of the incident.

The newspaper said these omissions were: properties being built on stream beds; residence permits being granted for basement dwellings; and roads being built parallel to the sea, according to some officials.

HABERTURK also covered the story, quoting environment experts who said: “If there were trees, instead of tea gardens [in the area], there would be no landslides.”

The region is well-known as a tea-growing area – a major agricultural industry in Turkey.

Similarly, MILLIYET ran with a headline: “The name of the disaster: Stream beds,” blaming the fatalities on apartments which were built upon stream beds which were prone to flooding.

In financial news, DUNYA wrote: "Markets relieved after Black Monday."

It reported that the Turkish lira has fallen to 2.92 against the U.S. dollar and it has dropped to €3.34, after hitting €3.5 this week. The currency fall came after China's Tuesday move to cut interest rates.

Last Mod: 26 Ağustos 2015, 12:25
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