Turkish Press Review

Friday, August 15, 2014

ISTANBUL - The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

Turkish dailies covered Turkish President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan's latest remarks on a roadmap that is to follow the latest presidential election, disputes inside the main opposition party, CHP, and the tragic plight of the Ezidis in Iraq. 

"New opposition for a new Turkey" headlined SABAH. The daily quoted Erdogan as saying, "We have a desire for a new Turkey, a new opposition. A new opposition suits a new Turkey. It is inevitable."

According to provisional results, opposition presidential candidate Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu received 38.44 percent of the vote. Erdogan won the race by garnering nearly 52 percent of the vote. 

Following disappointing results in Sunday's presidential elections, the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) chairman agreed to hold a congress to discuss his leadership. 

Kilicdaroglu said on Thursday, "I told those who held a press conference 'If you want to hold a party congress, bring the signatures, I will convene the party congress immediately'."

Several lawmakers in the party had held a press conference to suggest the removal of Kemal Kilicdaroglu as chairman. On Tuesday, CHP lawmaker Emine Ulker Tarhan also called on Kilicdaroglu to resign and convene an extraordinary party congress.

The front page of AKSAM reads: "New prime minister on August 21, new government on August 29." During his party's reception on Thursday, Erdogan announced that his party's Central Executive Board, AK Party's the top decision-making body, will decide on Erdogan's replacement as prime minister on August 21, the paper said. It added that he would be sworn into office as Turkey's 12th president on August 29.

The paper also covered the CHP's deputy party group chairman Muharrem Ince's criticism of his party's leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu. The daily quoted Ince, who blamed Kilicdaroglu for the defeat in the August 10 presidential election as saying, "Erdogan defeated you in every election. We cannot come to the power with this mentality for 250 more years."

Ince has insinuated that he would be candidate to become the next party chairman. "I'm extremely pleased to hear that," Kilicdaroglu told reporters on Thursday. 

"I will convene the party congress," HABERTURK titled on its front page, referring to Kemal Kilicdaroglu's latest remarks. Similarly, MILLIYET used the title on its front page: "CHP decided to convene the party congress." 

Friday's newspaper also reported on the human tragedy of the Ezidi ethnic minority, which fled from the Iraqi northwestern town of Sinjar to the Syrian border because they faced almost certain death at the hands of incoming Islamic State militants.

"They feed their children with their blood," headlined HABERTURK. The daily reported that 30,000 Ezidis were suffering from hunger and that children were dying of thirst under the extreme heat. Some resorted to cutting their hands and making their children drink the blood in order to prevent their death.

Turkey is going to build a refugee camp in northern Iraq, with a capacity of 16,000 people, from the crisis-stricken country's Ezidi ethnic minority who fled from Sinjar amid ongoing attacks by Islamic State militants, Turkey's emergency management authority said Wednesday.

MILLIYET added, "500 Ezidi women fell into the hands of the Islamic State," referring to claims of Ezidi lawmaker Vian Dakhil, who was wounded when a helicopter trying to rescue stranded Ezidis on Sinjar Mountain crashed during takeoff on Tuesday. She is being treated in a hospital in Istanbul.  

She claimed that the Islamic State was holding 500 Ezidi women captive. The paper cited the lawmaker as saying that she saw Ezidi women carrying knives, which they said would use to commit suicide should they fall in the hands of the Islamic State. 

The Ezidis are the target of the Islamic State militants who considered them to be 'devil worshippers.'

The militants were converging on Ezidis who had taken refuge in the mountains of Sinjar and the militants' advance were only blocked thanks to American air strikes, which paved the way for a rescue corridor. The peshmerga are still fighting to halt an IS advance on their capital, Erbil.

The violence in Iraq escalated in early June after a coalition of armed groups linked to the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, took control of large swathes of the country's predominantly Sunni provinces.

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