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Turkish Press Review, 07-08-24

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From: Turkish Directorate General of Press and Information <http://www.byegm.gov.tr>

Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

24.08.2007


CONTENTS

  • [01] SEZER TO MAKE FAREWELL VISITS TO ERDOGAN, BUYUKANIT
  • [02] PARLIAMENT TO HOLD SECOND ROUND OF PRESIDENTIAL VOTING TODAY
  • [03] ERDOGAN URGES ISRAELI PRESIDENT NOT TO SUPPORT ARMENIAN ALLEGATIONS
  • [04] GEN. COMERT HANDS OVER AIR FORCES COMMAND TO GEN. BABAOGLU
  • [05] DSP'S SEZER: “WE WILL VOTE FOR OUR OWN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE”
  • [06] IRAQI VP AL-HASHEMI ARRIVES IN TURKEY
  • [07] ISTANBUL FASHION FAIR BEGINS
  • [08] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [09] AKP’S CONCERNS FOR THE FUTURE

  • [01] SEZER TO MAKE FAREWELL VISITS TO ERDOGAN, BUYUKANIT

    Outgoing President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, as part of his farewell visits to top state officials, is set today to visit Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan and Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit. Sezer is expected to make his final visit on Monday to recently elected Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan. /Hurriyet/

    [02] PARLIAMENT TO HOLD SECOND ROUND OF PRESIDENTIAL VOTING TODAY

    Parliament will held the second round of presidential balloting to elect Turkey's next president today. Foreign Minister and ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate Abdullah Gul is not expected to be elected today, as the 367 votes needed are not thought to be there. He will likely become the 11th president of the Republic of Turkey next Tuesday, in the third round of voting, when 267 votes will be sufficient for him to become the head of state. /Hurriyet/

    [03] ERDOGAN URGES ISRAELI PRESIDENT NOT TO SUPPORT ARMENIAN ALLEGATIONS

    In the wake of the decision by a prominent US Jewish group, the Anti- Defamation League (ADL), to recognize the so-called Armenian genocide, Turkey has called on Israel to work to convince similar groups not to follow suit. In a telephone conversation yesterday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly urged Israeli President Shimon Peres to deal with the issue at the highest level. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul conveyed Turkey’s disappointment and concern over the ADL’s decision to Pinhas Avivi, Israel’s ambassador in Ankara. “It is a great disappointment for us, who for centuries have given support to the Jews,” Gul reportedly said. “This decision contradicts the main argument of Jews, which says that the Holocaust was a singular evil. Our bilateral relations will suffer from this decision.” /Turkiye/

    [04] GEN. COMERT HANDS OVER AIR FORCES COMMAND TO GEN. BABAOGLU

    Air Forces Commander Gen. Faruk Comert yesterday handed over his duties to Gen. Aydogan Babaoglu. Addressing the command handover ceremony, which President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan and Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit attended, Comert said that all of Turkey's problems would be solved when people try to understand and tolerate each other rather than being suspicious. Also speaking at the gathering, Babaoglu said that the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) would always closely follow all threats against the republic, adding that they would proceed down the path laid out by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey. /Milliyet/

    [05] DSP'S SEZER: “WE WILL VOTE FOR OUR OWN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE”

    Referring to main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal’s call for opposition parties not to take part in the current presidential vote in Parliament, Democratic Left Party (DSP) leader Zeki Sezer said yesterday that neither the DSP nor the CHP want Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul to become president, but they are following different methods towards this end. After receiving a delegation from the Civil Servants' Trade Union (Memur-Sen), Sezer said that after the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) decided to take part in the presidential election, which provided the vote's necessary quorum, it became meaningless for the DSP to sit out the process. He added that the DSP would vote for its own candidate during the election. /Star/

    [06] IRAQI VP AL-HASHEMI ARRIVES IN TURKEY

    As part of Turkey’s efforts to help the solve government disputes between Iraq's Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds, Iraqi Kurdish President Jalal Talabani’s Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi came to Ankara yesterday on a plane sent by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Hashemi said that his visit served to complement meetings held by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Turkey earlier this month. Hashemi participated in a working dinner organized by Erdogan last night, and today he will meet with Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul. /Aksam/

    [07] ISTANBUL FASHION FAIR BEGINS

    The world’s third-largest garment industry fair, the 10th International Istanbul Fashion Fair, opened its doors yesterday to potential buyers at the CNR EXPO convention center. Speaking at the opening of the event, State Minister Kursad Tuzmen said that they aimed to make Istanbul the center of fashion. Around 30,000 visitors are expected to visit the fair, including purchasing delegations from a host of countries. More than 300 firms are participating in the event, which will end tomorrow. /Turkish Daily News/

    [08] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [09] AKP’S CONCERNS FOR THE FUTURE

    BY BILAL CETIN (VATAN)

    Columnist Bilal Cetin comments on the current presidential election and Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul’s candidacy. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Next Tuesday Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul will take over the mantle from Ahmet Necdet Sezer, becoming Turkey's 11th president. Obviously, this will displease a good-size chunk of society, certain public institutions and some opposition parties, mostly the Republican People’s Party (CHP). But the AKP is very enthusiastic, even though it's taking care to keep these high spirits under wraps. Everybody in this party is generally pleased with how things are going. Most AKP members believe that when Gul is elected president they will be the full, absolute ruling power, and that everything will be much better in the months and years ahead both for themselves and the country. But a few people think that this success might actually damage the party. What’s more, these people aren’t ordinary deputies or party members, but influential people within the party’s decision-making mechanisms.

    Before it was announced that Gul was running, when intra-party consultation mechanisms were operating, some of these concerns were communicated to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. These can be summed up like so: ‘There might be serious tensions with certain institutions and some parts of society. We can’t ignore them. No matter if we want it or not, the issue of the headscarf of Gul’s wife will be brought up. He and his family will be upset and disturbed. In addition, problems and discussions among public institutions might harm the government, and this situation might have a negative impact on its performance.’

    These views and ones like it were brought up in the Cabinet and before the AKP’s Central Executive Board. Even during the meeting where the issue of Gul running was discussed, some AKP members and deputies suggested that a consensus should be reached with the opposition not over Gul, but some other figure. Finally, Gul was decided on, and these views and suggestions lost steam. The final decision was made, and now the AKP fully supports this.

    But some question marks and concerns have yet to be addressed. Although AKP members have no doubt that Gul will be a very good president and successfully discharge his duties, some of them still wonder whether this situation will help the AKP or hurt it. It seems that all the stances taken by Gul, from the headscarf issue to appointments, will become subjects of discussion and debate. They know that for some time, concerns over secularism will keep coming up, and all the decisions taken by the government and president will be questioned. They also know that such an atmosphere might have end up hurting the decisiveness of the government and president. Meanwhile, Gul is very self-confident. He believes that even if there might be certain doubts and tensions at the beginning, he can overcome them and ensure harmony and cooperation among public institutions. The era ahead will be an interesting one for Turkey.”


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