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Turkish Press Review, 07-09-03

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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

03.09.2007

FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS

CONTENTS

  • [01] PARLIAMENT TO DEBATE GOVERNMENT’S PROGRAM TODAY
  • [02] AKP NAMES NEW FIGURES FOR PARTY ADMINISTRATION
  • [03] RULING PARTY TO FINISH WORK ON NEW CONSTITUTION
  • [04] VOTING ON REFERENDUM TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK AT BORDER GATES
  • [05] CHP PLANS MEETING AT ANITKABIR TO MARK PARTY’S 84TH ANNIVERSARY
  • [06] GREEK PM: “ERDOGAN IS DETERMINED ON TURKEY’S EU BID”
  • [07] TRNC’S TALAT: “THE GREEK CYPRIOTS WANT TO RULE CYPRUS”
  • [08] BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY TO VISIT ANKARA NEXT WEEK
  • [09] CIVIL SERVANTS' PAY RAISE TO BE TAKEN UP BY ARBITRATION BOARD
  • [10] A FIRST CIVILLIAN CONSTITUTION

  • [01] PARLIAMENT TO DEBATE GOVERNMENT’S PROGRAM TODAY

    Parliament today will begin debate of the program of the Justice and Development Party government, as unveiled by Premier Recep Tayip Erdogan on Friday. On behalf of the ruling party, AKP group deputy leaders Nurettin Canikli and Nihat Ergun are expected to address the deputies. Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) group deputy leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli will express their parties’ views and criticisms of the program. Democratic Society Party (DTP) group leader Ahmet Turk is expected to speak during the debates, while Tunceli independent Deputy Kamer Genc will also take the Parliament floor to express his views. Erdogan is expected to respond to the criticisms of opposition lawmakers. The session will end when the debates are concluded. Then, on Wednesday, the government will face a vote of confidence. /Sabah/

    [02] AKP NAMES NEW FIGURES FOR PARTY ADMINISTRATION

    The ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) Central Executive Board (MYK), headed by Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, convened yesterday. During the nearly five-hour meeting, Egemen Bagis and Haluk Ipek were appointed the party’s new deputy chairmen, succeeding Hayati Yazici and Nazim Ekren, who have taken places in the new Cabinet. In addition, candidates for parliamentary commissions were discussed at the gathering. /Milliyet/

    [03] RULING PARTY TO FINISH WORK ON NEW CONSTITUTION

    The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is set today to complete its work on a new draft Constitution. The commission, after examining a 139- article draft prepared by a group of Bilkent University scholars led by Ergun Ozbudun, will hold its final meeting at party headquarters in Ankara this morning. The draft is expected to be opened to public discussion in October and November. The AKP is planning to present the draft Constitution to Parliament for approval early next year. /Turkiye/

    [04] VOTING ON REFERENDUM TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK AT BORDER GATES

    A referendum on a package of Constitutional changes, including popular election of the president, will get its first votes on next Tuesday at Turkey’s border gates. The main referendum will be held on Oct. 21. /Aksam/

    [05] CHP PLANS MEETING AT ANITKABIR TO MARK PARTY’S 84TH ANNIVERSARY

    Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Secretary General Onder Sav yesterday called on CHP members to meet at Anitkabir, Ataturk’s mausoleum, on Sept. 9 to mark the party’s 84th anniversary. “This year we’ll celebrate the CHP’s anniversary with all parliamentarians and former and current deputies and members,” said a statement released by the party. In related news, Mustafa Sarigul, the mayor of Istanbul’s Sisli district and a dissident CHP member, yesterday charged that the party had moved away from its social democratic roots and offended the people of southeastern Turkey through stressing vulgar nationalism. Speaking in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Sarigul said that CHP leader Deniz Baykal was harming both the party and Turkey, and called on him to resign. /Milliyet-Cumhuriyet/

    [06] GREEK PM: “ERDOGAN IS DETERMINED ON TURKEY’S EU BID”

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is determined to push Turkey’s European Union admission, Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis said over the weekend. Asked by Greek daily Kathimerini about Erdogan’s EU aspirations, Karamanlis said, “Actions are more important than promises and intensions. Despite our different views, there’s a determined politician facing us. There hasn’t been such a thing in years.” Stating that the atmosphere of Turkish-Greek relations was good, Karamanlis added that there had been no recent developments regarding problems between the countries. /Hurriyet/

    [07] TRNC’S TALAT: “THE GREEK CYPRIOTS WANT TO RULE CYPRUS”

    The Greek Cypriot administration’s idea of “solving” the Cyprus issue is to absorb the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) into itself, said TRNC President Mehmet Ali Talat yesterday. “What is required in Cyprus is an infrastructure where peace can take shape,” he told a conference in Bergama, Izmir. “The Greek Cypriots want to rule Cyprus. We have to find an administrative system which will solve our problems through (reaching) an agreement. Those who will do this are politicians. If there was an agreement, then we could bring people together. When Greek Cypriot administration leader Tassos Papadopoulos spoke at the UN General Assembly about solving the Cyprus problem, he stated that Cyprus should unite through osmosis. This means the weaker side joining the strong mass. The Greek Cypriots’ solution is to assimilate Northern Cyprus to southern Cyprus.” /Cumhuriyet/

    [08] BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY TO VISIT ANKARA NEXT WEEK

    British Foreign Secretary David Miliband is set to visit Ankara next week. During his three-day visit, Miliband is expected to meet with President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ali Babacan to discuss bilateral relations, Turkey’s European Union membership process, and the Cyrus and Iraq issues, as well as other regional and international developments. /Turkiye/

    [09] CIVIL SERVANTS' PAY RAISE TO BE TAKEN UP BY ARBITRATION BOARD

    Following disagreement between representatives of the government and civil servants’ unions during collective bargaining over next year’s salaries, the issue will be taken up by an Arbitration Board. The board, formed by four scholars chaired by the president of the Higher Arbitration Board, will prepare a report on the matter in five days. If the sides come to an agreement on the board’s decision, they will sign a memorandum of understanding. Otherwise, the final decision will be made by the Cabinet. /Turkiye/

    FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS

    [10] A FIRST CIVILLIAN CONSTITUTION

    BY OKAY GONENSIN (VATAN)

    Columnist Okay Gonensin comments on the new draft constitution commissioned by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). A summary of his column is as follows:

    “The 1982 Constitution, which is currently in force, is our narrowest constitution, despite all the touching up it has undergone. Its logic is based on erecting measures to prevent civilians from making a mess and stirring up a crisis. It’s a product of the idea that civilians may bring the country to the verge of breaking up. The logic of our original 1921 Constitution was forming a legal basis for fighting the War of Independence. Our 1924 Constitution laid the foundation for a newborn republic. The 1961, 1972 and 1982 Constitutions were prepared after coups, under undemocratic conditions. Although the 1961 and 1982 Constitutions are opposed to each other, they were submitted to public referendums and both were approved. When the 1961 Constitution was approved there was military rule, and when the 1981 Constitution was approved not only was there military rule but expressing contrary views was expressly forbidden. After these experiments, many have said that a constitution is needed which protects the people, safeguards their human rights, and lays the foundations for its legal and democratic basis. When he was at his strongest, the late Turgut Ozal didn’t take up the issue. It came up in the Suleyman Demirel-Erdal Inonu coalition but was later forgotten.

    It’s high time that Turkey had a real constitution. ‘Real’ here means the protection of the people. A lot of different claims have been made in recent days about the new draft constitution the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) asked a group of academics to draw up. Those who believe some sections of that draft constitution may take the country to Islamic rule started to issue warnings even before the text becomes public. This is normal and will continue under the AKP’s second term. Whether these voices will grow louder or become unheard will depend on the actions of the AKP, one of which is the preparation of the first civilian constitution since Turkey’s evolution to multi-party democracy. The level of discussions and the size of contributions will determine the civilian nature of the draft constitution. Everyone who follows or takes part in the in the discussions should know that this is a historic opportunity. The draft constitution is the first big test of not only the AKP but also new President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In order for them to pass it, the draft constitution should be discussed in a healthy way, free of prejudice.”


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