TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON JAN 7

Turkish dailies focused on the Constitutional Court’s ruling on the country's electoral threshold plus a deadly suicide bomb attack in Istanbul.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON JAN 7
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Wednesday's dailies focused on the Constitutional Court’s ruling on Turkey’s electoral threshold, Tuesday’s bomb attack in Istanbul plus a parliamentary commission’s decision not to send four former ministers to trial over corruption allegations.

“No jurisdiction over election threshold,” was the headline on VATAN’s front page, saying that the top court rejected appeals to scrap a controversial election threshold, which stipulates that political parties need to secure 10 percent nationally to gain representation in parliament.

The court said, in a 14-2 majority decision, that it had rejected the individual submissions due to a "lack of jurisdiction," meaning it did not consider itself as having the authority to hear the cases.

HABERTURK said the court kept the electoral threshold, adding that the ruling comes five months before Turkey’s next general election. Turkish people will cast their votes on June 7, 2015.

Under the current system, political parties in Turkey must have at least 10 percent of votes nationwide to gain parliamentary representation -- the highest such threshold in Europe.

In 2007, the European Court of Human Rights had ruled that Turkey's election threshold did not violate the right to free elections and was not a violation of human rights, but it did add that it was "desirable" to lower it.

Papers also focused on a deadly bomb attack in Istanbul on Tuesday night. "The bomber’s name is familiar," HABERTURK said, adding that the attacker had launched a court case two years ago against Istanbul’s then governor because her name appeared on a list of possible bombers.

"Second attack in six days," YENI SAFAK said. The daily said Istanbul police were the target Tuesday and Jan. 1, 2015. VATAN claimed the far-left Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front was behind both attacks. The female suicide bomber attacked a tourism police station Tuesday evening, killing one officer and wounding another.

Some dailies covered aftermath of the Turkish parliament’s decision not to refer four former ministers to trial over corruption allegations. "The parliament will give a just verdict," MILLIYET reported President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying.

After the corruption inquiry committee issues a report of its findings to the parliament on Jan. 9, lawmakers will vote by secret ballot at the assembly on whether those linked to the case will be tried by the Constitutional Court.

The daily also reported that all evidence related to the graft case would be destroyed. Hakki Koylu, the chairman of the committee, told the daily that CD-ROMs containing voice records of former ministers will be discarded and related papers will be destroyed.

 

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