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Turkish Press Review, 06-02-13

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

<LINK href="http://www.byegm.gov.tr_yayinlarimiz_chr_pics_css/tpr.css" rel=STYLESHEET type=text/css> e-mail : newspot@byegm.gov.tr <caption> <_caption> Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

13.02.2006

ERDOGAN SPEAKS IN MARAS TO MARK ITS INDEPENDENCE DAY GUL: “THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A RIGHT WITHOUT LIMIT” DYP LEADER AGAR: “THE GOVT, NOT TURKEY, IS WEAK,” THOUSANDS PROTEST CARTOONS IN ISTANBUL PARLIAMENT TO CONSIDER CENSURE OF UNAKITAN GREEK CYPRIOT NATL COUNCIL SET TO EVALUATE RECENT CYPRUS DEVELOPMENTS SENER: “TURKEY’S NATIONAL INCOME ROSE 32% OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS” TUZMEN: “THANKS TO GOVT POLICIES, WE’RE SEEING A GOLDEN AGE FOR EXPORTS, IMPORTS, AND TRADE” FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS... DEFECTIVE POLITICAL PICTURE BY TARHAN ERDEM (RADIKAL)

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN SPEAKS IN MARAS TO MARK ITS INDEPENDENCE DAY
  • [02] GUL: “THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A RIGHT WITHOUT LIMIT”
  • [03] DYP LEADER AGAR: “THE GOVT, NOT TURKEY, IS WEAK,”
  • [04] THOUSANDS PROTEST CARTOONS IN ISTANBUL
  • [05] PARLIAMENT TO CONSIDER CENSURE OF UNAKITAN
  • [06] GREEK CYPRIOT NATL COUNCIL SET TO EVALUATE RECENT CYPRUS DEVELOPMENTS
  • [07] SENER: “TURKEY’S NATIONAL INCOME ROSE 32% OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS”
  • [08] TUZMEN: “THANKS TO GOVT POLICIES, WE’RE SEEING A GOLDEN AGE FOR EXPORTS, IMPORTS, AND TRADE”
  • [09] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...
  • [10] DEFECTIVE POLITICAL PICTURE BY TARHAN ERDEM (RADIKAL)

  • [01] ERDOGAN SPEAKS IN MARAS TO MARK ITS INDEPENDENCE DAY

    Speaking in Kahramanmaras over the weekend to mark the anniversary of the independence of the province, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that when the government came to power in November 2002, it had started a war of economic independence. “Our economy is now on firmer ground than ever before,” he said. Erdogan said that the government was striving to raise the nation’s standard of living, adding that there was a need to invest in both people and civilization. “People’s lives are very important for us,” said Erdogan. He stated that without sacrificing fiscal discipline, macroeconomic development should be expanded. Later, Erdogan attended the opening ceremony of the Afsin-Elbistan B thermal power plant. Addressing the gathering, Erdogan said that the government would take concrete steps in the coming period to build nuclear power plants. “Turkey’s energy potential doesn’t meet its increasing industrial activity,” added Erdogan. /Turkiye-Milliyet/

    [02] GUL: “THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A RIGHT WITHOUT LIMIT”

    In a speech yesterday at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, where he was attending the Seventh Jeddah Economic Forum, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said, “If modernity is built on the rule of law, human rights, transparency and accountability, I can only say this: These are our own values. Indeed, look at their history and find them here among us.” Referring to the recent cartoon crisis which provoked outrage in the Islamic world, Gul underlined that there is no conflict between respect for cultural and religious values and freedom of speech, and added, “Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights states explicitly that identities and religious values can’t be denigrated, let alone attacked. There’s no right on earth that without limits.” /Star/

    [03] DYP LEADER AGAR: “THE GOVT, NOT TURKEY, IS WEAK,”

    Opposition True Path Party (DYP) leader Mehmer Agar yesterday charged that the government is helpless in the face of worsening problems and added, “This is the weakness of the government, not Turkey. Turkey has the opportunity to overcome a lack of hope.” Agar said that unemployment is skyrocketing and because of this the government is feeling on the edge and has no patience and resistance, adding, “This hopeless government is trying to hide its failure to do its job by lashing out at those around it.” /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] THOUSANDS PROTEST CARTOONS IN ISTANBUL

    Protests against cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammed continued this weekend with a demonstration organized by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Beyazid Square, Istanbul. Despite the cold weather, approximately 3,000 people, including women and children, took part in the protest. Police took tight safety measures and afterwards, the protesters dispersed quietly. NGOs also held a rally in Diyarbakir. /Star/

    [05] PARLIAMENT TO CONSIDER CENSURE OF UNAKITAN

    An opposition-sponsored censure motion against Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan is set to face Parliament this Wednesday. Parliament’s busy schedule means that the full chamber will debate a bill on social security premium debts on Tuesday. The next issue to be dealt with is the censure motion against Unakitan, with a debate due to start on Wednesday. The same day, the full Parliament will debate the inquiry motions submitted by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputies about the problems of Turkish fruit and vegetable producers. The Petition Commission will convene on Thursday and debate some clauses of a proposed bill on changes to Parliament bylaws. The same day, the EU Harmonization Commission will debate a bill on public inspection organization. A commission set up to investigate the incidents in Semdinli and Yuksekova last October will meet on Tuesday to hear from former Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz. /The New Anatolian/

    [06] GREEK CYPRIOT NATL COUNCIL SET TO EVALUATE RECENT CYPRUS DEVELOPMENTS

    Greek Cypriot leader Tasos Papadopoulos is due to convene his country’s National Council on Friday in order to evaluate recent developments on the island. The council is expected to discuss British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw’s recent criticisms of the Greek Cypriot administration. Greek Cypriot political parties are expected to express their points of view on the Cyprus issue. /Aksam/

    [07] SENER: “TURKEY’S NATIONAL INCOME ROSE 32% OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS”

    Speaking at a meeting of the ruling party in Karabuk over the weekend, Deputy Prime Minister Abdullatif Sener said that Turkey’s national income had risen 32% over the last four years. “We haven’t seen such growth since 1953,” he said. “The highest growth since then has been seen during our term in office [since November 2002]. People who say that the nation isn’t feeling these positive developments are mistaken.” Sener further touted Turkey’s falling inflation, with a current rate of 7.7%. /Sabah/

    [08] TUZMEN: “THANKS TO GOVT POLICIES, WE’RE SEEING A GOLDEN AGE FOR EXPORTS, IMPORTS, AND TRADE”

    Speaking at a meeting of his party in Hatay yesterday, State Minister Kursat Tuzmen said that thanks to the government’s wise policies, Turkey was living through a golden age for exports, imports, and foreign trade. “Our exports of about $36 billion in 2002 ballooned to $73.4 billion by the end of last year,” said Tuzmen. “The economy grew 22.1% in the last three years and per capita income, which was about $2,500 in 2002, rose to $4,000 by the end of 2005.” Tuzmen stressed that the government hoped to boost per capita income to $10,000 by the end of 2010. He stated that over the last three years, inflation had fallen sharply from 31.8% to 7%, adding that this year’s goal was 5%. “We solved the problems of former governments with our neighbors and became the number two country, following Russia, in exports in our region,” said Tuzmen. “We are the 22nd country in the world in terms of exports.” He stated further that in 2002 about 5,000 foreigners had invested in the country, adding that this number more than doubled to 11,000 over the last three years. /Sabah/

    [09] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS... FROM THE COLUMNS...

    [10] DEFECTIVE POLITICAL PICTURE BY TARHAN ERDEM (RADIKAL)

    Columnist Tarhan Erdem comments on the current political picture in Turkey. A summary of his column is as follows: “If early elections had been called during the final weeks of the last year, we would have had to vote for one of 19 parties. According to the Supreme Board of Elections, only five of these parties are represented in Parliament: the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the Motherland Party (ANAVATAN), the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), the True Path Party (DYP), and the Social Democrat People’s Party (SHP). Their seats number 357, 22, 154, four and four, respectively. Yasar Nuri Ozturk’s People’s Ascent Party (HYP), which has one deputy, isn’t among the parties which will contend in elections. Fourteen parties not represented in Parliament among these 19 but which can take part in elections are as follows: the Bright Turkey Party (ATP), Independent Turkey Party (BTP), Grand Union Party (BBP), Democratic Left Party (DSP), Workers' Party (EMEP), Rights and Freedoms Party (HOP), Freedom and Change Party (HDP), Worker’s Party (IP), Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Nation Party (MP), Nationalist Action Party (MHP), Felicity Party (SP), and Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) (Official Gazette, Jan. 17). Polls reflect the situation of these 19 parties and the political picture. According to surveys, if elections had been held recently, at most six of these 19 parties would have passed the election threshold and the era of coalition governments would have begun again. Our politicians don’t like this picture and none of the parties feel they have enough votes. I don’t think that the public in general would like the result with five or six parties obliged to form a coalition. Those not pleased with a picture making a coalition obligatory should be asked: Do you think one party among these 19 has won the confidence of more than half of the public? No one has said yes yet. The public will make a right and valid decision which will be liked and disliked during the next elections, naturally. The voters evaluate the parties which have the right to run in elections and reflect their political decisions in the ballot box on election day. There are 20 months until elections, but according to DYP leader Mehmet Agar, there are only six months! As the people find it difficult to make a decision, they don’t reply to Agar’s expectations positively. The term ‘early elections’ has generally encouraged the number of those who want elections to rise. For the first time, these words aren’t helping to increase the number of people supporting the elections, because the current picture of parties don’t make the decision easier and the difficulty of making a decision dampens the benefit of holding elections earlier. What will happen tomorrow? If a solution to be accepted by the public is suggested, that is, if the general lines of the current picture of parties change, the people would implement this solution. Who can change the picture? A new party or one of the current parties, including the ruling party, which cuts off anti-secular policies, establishes economic and political policies to accelerate Turkey’s European Union membership, and makes the public believe in them can change the current picture. When elections will be held is the part of that picture which can be seen easily.”

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