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Turkish Press Review

Turkish Press Review
Tuesday’s newspapers focus on an economic aid package to Turkey’s southeastern province of Kilis affected by Daesh rocket fires

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Turkish papers on Tuesday mainly covered a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and a committee from Turkey’s southeastern province of Kilis, near the Syrian border, which has faced a spate of cross-border rocket attacks from the terrorist group Daesh in recent months.

“Kilis summit in Tarabya,” was VATAN’s headline, referring to Erdogan’s working office in Istanbul’s Sariyer district on the Bosphorus.

The newspaper wrote that rockets fired by Daesh on the Syrian side of the border have killed 21 people over the last four months.

Kilis Governor Suleyman Tapsiz said that the president instructed relevant ministries to ensure safety in Kilis, according to the daily.

Citing Tapsiz, the newspaper also wrote that economic support mechanisms such as tax debt relief or interest-free credit from state banks for local merchants were discussed during the meeting.

“Kilis meeting,” was HABER TURK’s headline, reporting that the meeting lasted for one-and-a-half hours.

Interior Minister Efkan Ala and Justice and Development (AK) Party Kilis Deputies Resit Polat and Hilmi Dulger as well as Kilis Mayor Hasan Kara also took part in the meeting.

“Instructions for Kilis,” was YENI SAFAK’s headline, while MILLIYET wrote, “Economic package for Kilis”.

Turkish dailies also covered speculation about who might succeed Ahmet Davutoglu as Turkey’s new prime minister and new leader of the ruling AK Party at the party’s extraordinary congress set for this Sunday, May 22.

“Yildirim is ahead,” was MILLIYET’s headline, referring to Binali Yildirim, who currently serves as transportation minister.

The daily reported that on Monday the AK Party started polling party members to determine candidates for the party leadership ahead of the congress.

According to the newspaper, around 800 party members are expected to take the poll, and 300 of them have already weighed in.

Yildirim’s name heads the poll results, according to the daily, while Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus and Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag are other leading contenders.

HABER TURK reported that the party’s presumptive leader would be announced on Thursday.

“Two names in the lead,” wrote VATAN, claiming that the new party leader’s name would be announced on Friday.

Citing Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas, the newspaper wrote that Yildirim and Bozdag lead the poll results so far.

HURRIYET columnist Abdulkadir Selvi also wrote that Yildirim is leading the poll and that no “dark horse” candidate is expected to pull a surprise win.

In sports news, Turkish dailies also heavily covered Istanbul side Besiktas’ first victory in the Turkish Sport Toto Super Lig title since 2009.

“The secret of the victory,” was HURRIYET’s headline, reporting details of Besiktas’s championship victory.

Besiktas won over Osmanlispor 3-1 Sunday in Inonu Stadium (now Vodafone Arena) overlooking Istanbul’s Dolmabahce Palace by the banks of the Bosphorus.

“Nomadic champion,” was YENI SAFAK’s headline, referring to Besiktas’ new stadium, which the Istanbul team was able to play only the last three games of the season in.

VATAN and MILLIYET also covered British Ambassador to Turkey Richard Moore’s celebration after Besiktas’s victory, featuring a photo of the British envoy in front of the British Embassy decorated in a black-and-white Besiktas flag.

source: News Feed
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