Turkish Press Review on June 15

Monday's dailies cover a Syrian refugee crisis on Turkey's southern border plus ongoing governing coalition speculation

Turkish Press Review on June 15

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Turkish dailies on Monday mainly covered the Syrian refugee crisis on the southern Turkish border, ongoing coalition speculation, plus a South African court’s ruling on Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

“Fleeing from death,” was CUMHURIYET’s headline, reporting that Syrian refugees fleeing from Daesh crowded on the southern Turkish border, trying to enter the country.

“Turkey opened the border. Since Daesh blocked people entering into Turkey, they tried to enter Turkey through a mine field. After a brief standoff, Syrian refugees began entering the country,” the daily wrote.

“A handful of life,” run MILLIYET’s front page, publishing a photograph showing a Syrian refugee trying to hand a baby across the frontier to a person standing inside Turkey. Another picture showed Syrian refuges breaking down a wire fence to run into Turkey.

The Kurdish Syrian Democratic Union Party (PYD)’s military wing, known as the YPG, has been carrying out operations with the help of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in the northeast Syrian districts of Tel Abyad and al-Hasakah to push back Daesh for the past two weeks.

Around 3,000 Syrian refugees entered Turkey on Sunday.

“Tel Abyad alarm in Ankara,” was AKSAM’s headline, saying that the Turkish government has been closely monitoring developments in Tel Abyad.

It added that Turkish officials are about to decide what steps it can take, amid claims that Kurdish militants aim to create a de facto ‘Syrian Kurdistan’.

“Step-by-step to Kurdish state,” was STAR’s headline, while SABAH wrote: “A new road for Kurdish oil.”

In political news, Turkish news outlets covered political parties’ remarks on possible coalition formation a week after the general election.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he plans to get together with leaders of the political parties to talk on coalition possibilities.

MILLIYET reported that leaders of opposition parties were ambivalent to the idea. It said the main opposition Republican People’s Party, or CHP, was inclined to say “no” to such an invitation while the Nationalist Movement Party, or MHP, openly rejected such a possibility.

The daily reported Ahmet Davutoglu, prime minister and chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AK Party, said he would hold talks with other parties “without any precondition”, adding that: “If there is no coalition, we [AK Party] cannot be blamed.”

HABERTURK said Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus believed Davutoglu would form a coalition on his first attempt. “If there is no coalition, we can ask the people again,” Kurtulmus said, according to the daily.

The daily also proclaimed that the Turkish market is hopeful on an AK Party/CHP coalition government. One HABERTURK columnist, Abdurrahman Yildirim, claimed players in the economy were putting their support behind such a governing coalition.

Financial paper DUNYA reported that more than 100 business people participating in a survey by the daily said their ideal choice was an AK Party/CHP coalition. If not, they put their support behind an AK Party/MHP coalition.

“A survey conducted among business people showed that the business circle is against an early election (89.3%). Forty-two percent of those business people believe a governing coalition would be formed within 45 days,” the daily said.

In international developments, “Dictator hostage” was HURRIYET’s headline, reporting that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was shocked in South Africa when a local court barred him from leaving the country.

The South African court is expected to decide whether or not to hand the Sudanese leader over to the International Criminal Court at The Hague, which issued an arrest warrant against Bashir in 2009.

Bashir is accused of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan’s Darfur region.

In more domestic news, Turkish newspapers reported on a book published on Monday which lifted the lid on relations between former president Abdullah Gul and current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The book, penned by Gul’s former press officer, has claimed that relations between the two founding AK Party members were thorny.

“The moment everything breaks down,” was HURRIYET’s headline, reporting Gul was “hurt and upset” after the ruling AK Party enacted a law in 2012 to bar Gul from being presidential candidate again in 2014’s election.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Haziran 2015, 12:17