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Turkish Press Review, 07-05-14

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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

14.05.2007


CONTENTS

  • [01] HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS DEMONSTRATE IN IZMIR
  • [02] MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATED
  • [03] ERDOGAN PLANNING CAMPAIGN APPEARANCES
  • [04] SOLANA: “THE EU SHOULD KEEP TURKEY ON ITS SIDE”
  • [05] FORMER GREEK PM: “TURKEY’S NEXT PRESIDENT WILL BE A KEMALIST”
  • [06] DEMIREL: “THE IZMIR RALLY SHOWS FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND DEMOCRACY AHEAD OF ELECTIONS”
  • [07] TURKEY PLACES IN TOP 5 IN EUROVISION SONG CONTEST

  • [01] HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS DEMONSTRATE IN IZMIR

    Hundreds of thousands of secular Turks demonstrated in the Aegean port city of Izmir yesterday. The rally " a show of strength ahead of early general elections on July 22 " followed similar massive demonstrations in Ankara and Istanbul last month. The crowds chanted slogans against the government, which they say poses a threat to the secular order of the country and the principles of Ataturk, the founder of the republic of Turkey, and also urged left-wing parties to unite in the runup to elections. Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal and Democratic Left Party (DSP) leader Zeki Sezer were also present at the demonstration, but separately, giving no signal that their merger talks were on track. Meanwhile, as part of May 19 Commemoration of Ataturk and Youth and Sport Day celebrations, many cities in Turkey staged rallies, including Ankara, Adana, Diyarbakir, Mersin, Kayseri and Van, showing the Turkish people’s loyalty to Ataturk’s principles. /All Papers/

    [02] MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATED

    President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc and political party leaders, as well as Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit, yesterday issued messages marking Mother’s Day. Sezer said that by raising healthy, self-confident people with common sense, mothers form the very foundation of developed countries and are one of most important factors in their societies. In his message, Buyukanit addressed the mothers of fallen soldiers, saying that society shared their sorrow and was doing their best to assuage their grief. /Turkiye/

    [03] ERDOGAN PLANNING CAMPAIGN APPEARANCES

    After appearing at a public rally in Erzurum last week, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to participate in a Youth Festival given on Friday by his ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) Youth Branch and then spend the weekend in Usak and Burdur. The AKP’s Central Executive Board (MYK) is set to decide some 50 provinces Erdogan will pay campaign visits ahead of July 22 general elections and the schedule for these appearances. /Star/

    [04] SOLANA: “THE EU SHOULD KEEP TURKEY ON ITS SIDE”

    European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said yesterday that Turkey must be kept on the side of Europe. Speaking to German newspaper Die Welt am Sonntag, Solana said that Turkey is simultaneously situated in the Middle East, Caucasus and Balkans, adding that the country has had a great influence on the region and could help to establish stability. He further stated that that keeping Turkish favor would also strengthen the EU’s security, warning, “Otherwise Turkey will seek other partners.” But Solana also urged Turkey to completely fulfill the Copenhagen criteria in order to become a full EU member, including the adoption of principles of the rule of law, a well-functioning market economy and implementing EU laws and norms. /Milliyet/

    [05] FORMER GREEK PM: “TURKEY’S NEXT PRESIDENT WILL BE A KEMALIST”

    Turkey’s next government will certainly be a Kemalist, said former Greek Prime Minister Konstantis Micotakis yesterday. Speaking to Greek daily Kathimerini, he added that the new president cannot and will not be an Islamist. Rebuffing claims by the Greek press, certain politicians and experts that Turkey is being driven to chaos, Micotakis said that Turkey is a serious country that will find a consensus and solution to end the current crisis. Micotakis is also the father of current Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannnis. /Hurriyet/

    [06] DEMIREL: “THE IZMIR RALLY SHOWS FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND DEMOCRACY AHEAD OF ELECTIONS”

    This weekend’s massive secularist rally in Izmir shows the power of freedom of expression in democracy in the runup to the July 22 early general elections, said former President Suleyman Demirel yesterday. Addressing the world congress of the International Press Institute (IPI) in Istanbul, Demirel added that democracy is a regime of dialogue but that unless a dialogue exists between the leaders and the governed, no consensus is possible. He further stated that the European Union membership process was the last frontier that Turkey must cross and that this process will end with Turkey’s full membership, in spite of the difficult road ahead. /Sabah/

    [07] TURKEY PLACES IN TOP 5 IN EUROVISION SONG CONTEST

    Serbia’s Marija Serifovic’s ballad “Molitva” (A Prayer), a mixture of pop, rock and circus influences, won the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest this weekend, while Turkey won 163 points to place fourth with Kenan Dogulu’s “Shake It Up Sekerim.” The song contest held at Helsinki’s Hartwall Arena was packed with thousands of fans cheering for their favorite entries. This year there were 24 contestants in the contest, and Turkey was number 22. Doğulu, with his crescent-embroidered jacket and white shirt representing the colors of Turkey’s flag and his dancers’ choreography, had a commanding presence at Eurovisiont. /The New Anatolia/
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