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Turkish Press Review

Turkish Press Review
Tuesday’s papers cover extraordinary congress where Turkey’s ruling AK Party elects new party chairman

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Tuesday’s newspapers in Turkey focused on the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party’s extraordinary congress, where Transport, Maritime, and Communications Minister Binali Yildirim was elected its new chairman.

MILLIYET ran the front-page headline: "New era for the AK Party."

The newspaper reported that Binali Yildirim on Sunday was effectively unanimously elected the AK Party’s new chairman (by a vote of 1,405-6, with 6 votes declared invalid).

"Appointment as fast as lightning," was SABAH’s headline, reporting that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday asked Yildirim to form the country's 65th government, after Erdogan accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his Cabinet.

HURRIYET wrote: "First promise for a presidential [system]."

The daily claimed that Yildirim vowed to boost efforts for adoption of a presidential system in an expected new constitution.

"The most important thing we have to do today is to turn this de facto situation [with Erdogan at the helm] into a legal one and thus end the confusion. The way to do that is with a new constitution and a presidential system within it," Yildirim told the congress.

The same issue also dominated other papers’ headlines.

HABERTURK wrote: "Era of Yildirim, target presidential [system]", YENISAFAK ran with "Handover", "Presidential [system] march" was STAR’s headline, while CUMHURIYET chose, "One chief, one party”.

Yildirim, a co-founder of the party in August 2001, has served as transport minister (with other portfolios, including maritime) in five Turkish governments under prime ministers Abdullah Gul, Erdogan and Davutoglu.

Davutoglu had served as foreign minister from 2009 to August 2014, when he was elected chairman of the party after then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was elected president.

Davutoglu became the second AK Party chairman after 13 years under Erdogan as leader.

On May 5, Davutoglu announced that he would not stand again for the AK Party chairmanship.

In economic news, financial daily DUNYA ran the headline "Three new trends in [rent]-a-car.”

The daily reported that the “hourly rental” model, which began a decade ago in the United States, is growing in Turkey’s rent-a-car market.

Another reported trend is "person-to-person" rentals, under which businesses or people can rent their autos to others, while yet another is "annual personal rentals" in which people who do not depend on having a car for years on end can rent an automobile on an annual basis, one year at a time.

source: News Feed
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