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Turkish dailies on Friday covered Prime Minister Erdogan's visit to Singapore, Foreign Minister Davutoglu's comments on the Syrian government and radical groups in the country, and a recent bill submitted to the Turkish parliament by ruling AK Party lawmakers to introduce amendments to Turkey's top judicial body, the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK).
"Radicals 'make Assad look like lesser evil'," says Hurriyet Daily News, quoting Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. The daily said that Davutoglu said the "incorrect methods" adopted by radical groups in Syria have made the Syrian government appear "less evil", and Ankara considers the Syrian government, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and al-Qaeda as factors posing a security risk to Turkey.
Daily Bugun used the same headline in Turkish and said that Davutoglu indicated that the threat of terror by radical groups in Syria legitimized the Assad regime.
Bugun also referred to Davutoglu's remarks that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Assad regime were working together. "ISIL showed up when the opposition gained power in northern Syria. The regime and the ISIL are partners backstage," the daily quotes.
Bugun also covers a story on a recent bill submitted to the Turkish parliament by ruling AK Party lawmakers to amend the regulation on the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK).
Using the headline "Critical adjustment on HSYK bill," the daily said that the bill proposed a complete overhaul of the board, with the Minister of Justice being the sole authority when it comes to appointing board members and deciding on whether to probe its members. The Minister will also be in charge of forming judiciary committees, Bugun says.
Daily Radikal covers the same story under the headline "Three people hold the secret." The daily says that HSYK consists of three chambers, with the fate of judges and prosecutors being in the hands of the First Chamber, of which the a Justice Ministry undersecretary is a natural member. If the ministry appoints two more like-minded members, the Chamber can make decisions as they want, making these two members of critical importance in controlling the Board, Radikal said.
Turkish dailies on Friday also widely covered Erdogan's visit to Singapore, the first visit by a Turkish prime minister in 18 years.
"Goal: 5 billion dollars," headlines Hurriyet, referring to Erdogan's statement that their goal is to increase the trade volume between Turkey and Singapore to $5 million. "We have businessmen with the necessary will and power to do this," Erdogan was quoted as saying.
Daily Sabah said that this is the first visit to Singapore by a Turkish prime minister in 18 years, and adds that the two countries decided to start negotiations on establishing a free trade agreement. Erdogan and his counterpart Loong also talked about increasing the number flights between the two countries, and starting direct flights, the daily added.
"Orchid named after Erdogan and his wife" is another title used by several dailies to highlight a different aspect of the Prime Minister's trip to Singapore.
Haberturk, Star and Aksam said that Erdogan and his wife, Emine Erdogan, visited a botanical park in Singapore, and were pleasantly surprised when park officials named a newly cultivated purple orchid after the couple.Last Mod: 10 Ocak 2014, 13:14