Turkish Press Review - Monday, May 12, 2014

Turkish dailies on Monday dedicated their front pages mostly to news about Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's speech on presidential system and witch-hunt against the parallel state, football team Fenerbahce's celebration of 19th Turkish Super League championship and Austrian drag queen Conchita's Eur

Turkish dailies on Monday dedicated their front pages mostly to news about Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's speech on presidential system and witch-hunt against the parallel state, football team Fenerbahce's celebration of 19th Turkish Super League championship and Austrian drag queen Conchita's Eur

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Turkish dailies on Monday dedicated their front pages mostly to news about Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's speech regarding the presidential system and his proclamation of a "witch-hunt" against what Erdogan describes as a parallel state, Fenerbahce football team's celebration of their winning the 19th Turkish Super League championship and Austrian drag queen Conchita's Eurovision victory.

"Then yes, we will carry out a witch-hunt" headlined MILLIYET by quoting Erdogan describing the Gulen Movement as pollution in milk, saying, "In order to sterilize this dirty water that contaminated the milk, we will either boil or molecularize it." In his speech at the Justice and Development Party's 22nd Consultation and Evaluation Meeting, Erdogan commented on the parallel state as well as the upcoming presidential elections. 

Daily ZAMAN headlined "Erdogan says his government will carry out witch-hunt". The daily said Erdogan defended an ongoing government-sponsored wave of purges of public officials, saying that the government will carry out a "witch-hunt," if that is how critics define the purges. 

"Turkey switches to presidential system, says prime minister" ran daily SABAH, reporting that Erdogan said electing the president by popular vote strengthens democracy, added that the system of government is currently presidential.

Turkish dailies also covered Fenerbahce's celebration of its 19th Turkish Super League championship at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Kadikoy, on the Asian side of Istanbul. "In the honour of the 19th cup" headlined daily HABER TURK, saying Fenerbahce celebrated their championship win with festivities.

Fenerbahçe have now won a total of 28 Turkish national championships, including 19 Süper Lig trophies as well as 6 Turkish Cups, 8 Turkish Super Cups, 8 Chancellor Cups and 12 TSYD Cup trophies.

Daily AKSAM alsor ran with the headline "The champion is crowned with the cup," and reported that Fenerbahce celebrated their 19th victory with a gorgeous ceremony.

Some Turkish dailies also covered Austrian drag queen Conchita's Eurovision victory. Daily HURRIYET said "Eurovision win for Austria, diversity," and said drag queen Conchita had won a historoc victory in the 2014 Eurovision. 

Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a James Bond-inspired entry which unleashed a wave of protests in eastern Europe before the competition.

"Austria's Conchita Wurst wins Eurovision Song Contest" said daily SABAH, adding that Wurst, sporting high heels, butterfly eyelashes and a full beard, won the competition.

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