Turkish Press Review on June 1st

Turkish dailies on Monday covered televised claims by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu that he would build a new constitution

Turkish Press Review on June 1st

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Monday’s papers lead with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s televised claim that he would prioritize a new Turkish constitution if his ruling AK Party wins next Sunday’s general election.

Papers also covered ongoing controversy over searches of Turkish intelligence agency trucks plus Istanbul football side Galatasaray’s championship victory.

“Ten priorities for June 8,” was HABERTURK’s headline to cover Davutoglu’s televised interview on Sunday. “The first is a new constitution. I am going to call upon the opposition parties on June 8,” Davutoglu said according to the daily.

“The second is the [Kurdish] solution process. After that, other priorities are social consensus, economy, the problem of subcontractors, retirement, judicial reform, the parallel structure and cities,” Davutoglu continued.

“A roadmap for June 8,” was STAR’s headline while “Call for [new] constitution to opposition,” was MILLIYET’s.

Leaders of political parties commented on CUMHURIYET’s Friday front-page coverage which ran images purportedly showing Syria-bound Turkish intelligence trucks loaded with ammunition.

“The intel truck’s content is nobody’s business,” was MILLIYET’s headline, reporting Davutoglu’s comment. He said the trucks were carrying help to Turkmens living in neighboring Syria.

In January 2014, several trucks were stopped by local gendarmerie in southern Adana and Hatay provinces on the grounds that they were loaded with ammunition, despite a national security law forbidding such a search. The case saw the arrests of 26 soldiers.

“Trucks are the state’s secret,” was VATAN’s headline. “We can send food or logistic support. There was also humanitarian aid. This is the state’s secret,” Davutoglu said, according to the daily.

MILLIYET reported that Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the chairman of the Republican People’s Party blamed the ruling AK Party for bloodshed in Syria. “They were saying lies and all these are disclosed,” Kilicdaroglu said, according to HABERTURK.

Devlet Bahceli, the leader of the Nationalist Movement Party accused the ruling party of abandoning Turkmens. MILLIYET reported Bahceli as saying: “They were saying that they sent humanitarian aid. [Instead] violence plans surfaced. Turkmens are hungry and exposed.”

CUMHURIYET claimed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened the daily for its coverage. Erdogan said Can Dundar, the editor-in-chief of CUMHURIYET, would be held accountable.

“He will pay a heavy price,” Erdogan said, according to the daily.

CUMHURIYET’s photos showed several vehicles filled with weapons and ammunition, stacked under cardboard boxes containing medication. In one photograph, the serial numbers on the ammunition are visible.

Istanbul prosecutor's office on Friday began a probe into Dundar. A court has accepted the prosecutor's request to ban access to online content showing the truck images.

In sports news, papers covered Galatasaray’s coronation as Turkish Super League winners after a 1-1 home draw against Caykur Rizespor.

“The championship was crowned,” was HURRIYET’s headline while “Crowned,” was STAR’s back page.

Galatasaray had already clinched their 20th league title last week, becoming the first Turkish first division side to achieve the mark. The Lions and their supporters celebrated the championship on Sunday across Istanbul.

In other news, HURRIYET claimed to have seen a report prepared by the International Atomic Energy Agency on Turkey’s planned Akkuyu Nuclear Plant. The daily wrote that the Turkish Energy Ministry refused a local court’s request to disclose the report, citing state security as the reason.

The construction of Turkey's first nuclear power plant, Akkuyu NPP, located in Mersin on the Mediterranean coast, will begin in 2016.

It is a joint venture between Turkey and Russia agreed in 2010. Russia's Rosatom will finance, build and run the $22 billion plant which will have a life cycle of 60 years.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Haziran 2015, 12:29