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Most Turkish dailies on Friday dedicated their front pages to news to the appearance by the Turkish prime minister at the opening of a new Ford factory in Kocaeli region and his remarks about producing domestically-manufactured cars.
"Courier is on its way," ran the front page of HURRIYET, referring to the first Transit Courier, Ford’s new light commercial vehicle which was developed by Turkish engineers. The new auto will be 60 percent locally sourced at the start, and exported to 46 countries. At the ceremony, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan praised Ford Otosan for making remarkable contributions and said Turkey dreams of developing a national auto brand.
Daily TURKIYE ran with the headline, "Local Car Breaks the Ice," a reference to Koc Holding which has equal stakes with Ford Otosan. Erdogan had earlier accused the Koc group of stoking the anti-government Gezi Park demonstrations which took place last summer. PM Erdogan is reported as saying the government has been doing its duty and expects the private sector to ramp up their efforts.
Newspapers also focused on words exchanged between Erdogan and opposition leader Kilicdaroglu at 70th General Assembly of Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB) meeting, details about Soma mine disaster in Turkey and the Turkish Language Association’s creation of a new Turkish word literally meaning ‘self-portrait’ to replace the English word ‘selfie.’
"Why doesn't he listen to me?" ran the headline in daily MILLIYET, reporting remarks from Turkey’s main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu regarding Erdogan. Kilicdaroglu criticized Erdogan for leaving the meeting abruptly before Kilicdaroglu's remarks and also severely criticized TOBB’s management for “violating the protocol rules” by not letting him speak before the prime minister.
"Who raised it?" says the RADIKAL daily, referring to a story in which Soma Holding, the company operating the mine where the terrible accident occurred, raised the sale price of coal from the mine from 38 Turkish Lira (TL) to 44 TL per ton, and raising production from 1.5 million tons to 2.6 million tons.
The STAR daily also continued with the Soma mine disaster on their headline, referring to an expert report which said workers were sent down into the mine five days before the accident even though carbon monoxide was reportedly detected at levels ten times higher than normal. The daily reported that the managers of the company didn't pay attention to the warnings and made workers keep going down into the mines.
"Selfie becomes ‘ozcekim’ in Turkish," runs the front page of daily AKSAM, referring to the creation by the Turkish Language Association of the Turkish word ‘ozcekim’ for 'selfie.' After evaluating over a thousand proposals, the body which is entrusted with modernizing the Turkish language decided on 'ozcekim.'Last Mod: 23 Mayıs 2014, 12:58