TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on AUG. 29

Turkish dailies' front pages cover Erdogan's presidential ceremony and Turkish football clubs in European challenges.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on AUG. 29

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The majority of the Turkish press devote their opening pages to the swearing in ceremony of the 12th president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Thursday.

Erdogan, after the swearing in the Turkish Parliament's Grand National Assembly, visited Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's (founder of Republic of Turkey) mausoleum - Anitkabir.

Direct presidential elections have strengthened the bond between the president and the people - which was weakened after Ataturk's death, said Erdogan in his written message in the Anitkabir special book.

AKSAM describes the new presidency as "77 million to Cankaya (the presidential palace)", while TURKIYE headlines "Not by Epaulet but with Nation" referring to Turkey's former presidents before 80s, who came to power by a military push.

Outgoing President Abdullah Gul delivered an emotional speech at the Cankaya Palace handover ceremony refering to Erdogan as his "40-year friend in the cause", according to MILLIYET.

Ahmet Davutoglu, the new Prime Minister and the chairman of the AK Party, will form the new cabinet which will be announced on Friday.

Not everyone was happy to see Erdogan in the presidential seat. The main opposition CHP party lawmaker Engin Altay showed his anger by throwing a law booklet towards the parliament lectern following a discussion with parliament speaker Cemil Cicek, who did not recognize his request to speak. "Same old CHP" comments the STAR in its headline.

Turkish football fans were handed good and bad news last night. HABERTURK reports that Trabzonspor qualified for the European League after an away draw with Russia's Rostov. Trabzon team beat their rival at home by 2-0.

However, another Turkish team could not make the dream come true, as French St. Etienne knocked Karabukspor out after a 4-3 penalty shoot out. HURRIYET says; "it is a pity".

Galatasaray's Champions League group stage rivals were announced on Thursday night. The yellow-reds will face Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and Anderlecht in top European League.

The Ice Bucket Challenge - where participants are filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and then nominating others to do the same, to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) - makes the headlines again. But this time, Cem Ozdemir, a member of Bundestag German Parliament doing the challenge, is filmed seen next to cannabis plant at a terrace of a building.

Daily POSTA features Erdogan's presidential plane, an Airbus A330-200, which cost 436 million lira ($201 million).

Last Mod: 29 Ağustos 2014, 12:36
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