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Turkish dailies on Thursday covered the shock resignation of the head of a top business group over claims that a company he owns is attempting to de-unionize its workers.
Muharrem Yilmaz, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association, or TUSIAD, announced his resignation Wednesday at a press conference in Istanbul.
Daily MILLIYET runs with the headline "Surprise resignation" quoting Yilmaz saying: "I cannot let TUSIAD's reputation be harmed; therefore I have resigned from my post."
HURRIYET reported claims that Yilmaz was angered when the workers of a dairy company he owned protested in front of a company factory and he ordered that animal faeces be dumped in the area where they were demonstrating. Yilmaz described the allegations as "groundless."
"First resignation in 43 years," said HABER TURK, reporting that the resignation was a first in the history of the influential business group.
In other news, some dailies covered Bashar al-Assad’s declaration as Syrian president after winning a third term in office with 88.7 percent of the votes in Tuesday's presidential polls.
Daily YENI SAFAK runs with the headline: "Election in Syria is a total scandal," quoting U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf as saying: "Today's presidential election in Syria is a disgrace... Assad has no more credibility today than he did yesterday."
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the election was held outside of the scope of Geneva meetings which are aimed at finding a political solution to the ongoing civil war in the country, the paper said.
Daily TURKIYE reported that the poll was held only in government-controlled areas -- including Damascus, Aleppo, Hama, Latakia and Deir ez-Zor.
The voter turnout was at 73.42 percent, as some 11.6 million Syrians out of 15.8 million eligible voters cast their ballots, Syrian parliament speaker Mohammad al-Laham claimed Wednesday. Syria has been gripped in an ongoing civil war since 2011, which has killed over 100,000 people and displaced millions, according to the U.N.
Dailies also covered an operation by Turkish police in the southeastern Diyarbakir province in order to lift a road blockage that links the region with neighboring Bingol province.
VATAN said the road was blocked by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) supporters 12 days ago. As security forces started an operation to clear the roads of obstacles Wednesday, the paper reports that demonstrators attacked with home-made explosives and firebombs injuring five Turkish soldiers.
Families have been holding sit-in protests in Diyarbakir since PKK reportedly kidnapped an unknown number of teenagers on 23 April, when Turkey celebrated its National Children's Day.
The story has threatened to destabilize a delicate "solution process" to end armed conflict and address the issues of minorities -- particularly those of the Kurdish minority -- which is by far Turkey’s largest ethnic group, accounting for some 18 percent of the population.Last Mod: 05 Haziran 2014, 11:50