TURKISH PRESS REVIEW MAR 24

Turkish dailies on Tuesday covered Deputy PM Arinc's spat with Ankara mayor plus the apparent suicide of a Japanese engineer working on a major bridge project in Yalova.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW MAR 24

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Tuesday’s dailies focused on a political spat between Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc and Melih Gokcek, the ruling AK Party’s Ankara mayor.

Papers also covered President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks on the ongoing Kurdish peace process plus recent deaths due to so-called "swine flu."

"[Arinc] chastised Gokcek," was HURRIYET’s headline, adding that the deputy PM harshly criticized the mayor for his tweets over Arinc’s previous remarks. "Arinc burst Gokcek," was MILLIYET’s headline while YENI SAFAK ran the headline: "Misbehaved."

The deputy PM described the mayor's remarks as an impudent insult personally directed at him in retaliation for Arinc's objection to Gokcek's candidacy during the March 2014 local elections.

Following a rumored dispute between Arinc and Erdogan, Gokcek wrote on his Twitter account: "Arinc could no more serve as the government spokesman or represent the party."

The spat surfaced after Arinc’s remarks at the weekend over Erdogan's announcement of his concerns about setting up of a "monitoring group" as part of the government's efforts to end the decades-old conflict with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.

The Turkish president had described the monitoring group proposal as "unacceptable." The deputy PM said Saturday that Erdogan's remarks were "emotional" and “personal ideas” which Arinc said might attract criticism.

President Erdogan said he was criticizing the Kurdish solution process “in the name of peace,” according to YENI SAFAK.

"Peace cannot be achieved in the shadow of weapons. We cannot go forward in this environment as promises are violated repeatedly and reliability is destroyed without seeing concrete steps," Erdogan said during an address to mukhtars -- local community representatives -- in Ankara on Monday.

Turkish dailies also covered the recent deaths due to swine flu in the country. "Thirty people died," was YENI SAFAK’s headline while covering Turkish Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu’s remarks.

He announced that at least 30 people have died from H1N1 -- so-called "swine flu" -- in Turkey since 2014. He added that five other people have also died from the influenza B virus and four other people lost their lives from the H3N2 strain since 2014.

In other news, the apparent suicide of a foreign engineer involved in the building of a major Turkish bridge also made headlines.

"A Japanese’s pride," was MILLIYET's headline to cover the death, which took place in Turkey’s northwestern province of Yalova. The daily said Ryoichi Kishi committed suicide after blaming himself for a cable that broke on the bridge project. Kishi was working on the Izmit Gulf Pass Suspension Bridge.

Turkish police said that the deceased was found at Yalova’s Altinova district cemetery early Monday with cuts to his throat and body; a written note was found on the body.

In economic news, DUNYA reported the U.S. dollar lost value against the Turkish lira. The dollar dropped from 2.5760 lira to 2.5446 lira, the lowest since March 4.

Last Mod: 24 Mart 2015, 16:33
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