Turkish Press Review - Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday's newspapers dedicated their front pages to Greece’s left-wing party’s election victory as well as President Erdogan’s visit to Somalia

Monday's newspapers dedicated their front pages to Greece’s left-wing party’s election victory as well as President Erdogan’s visit to Somalia

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

Monday's newspapers mainly dedicated their front pages to the victory of Greece’s left-wing Syriza party in Sunday’s general election.

HURRIYET ran the headline: "Rebel boy in power," referring to Syriza's 40-year-old anti-austerity leader, Alexis Tsipras, who marked a historic victory for the anti-austerity party.

With 90 percent of votes counted, official results put Syriza's tally at 36.32 percent, giving the party approximately 149 seats in parliament, just short of the 151 needed to form a one-party government.

"Hope makes history," said CUMHURIYET, referring to Syriza’s election slogan "hope."

VATAN wrote: "Robin Hood is the prime minister," referring to Tsipras’ remarks that he would take from the rich to give to the poor.

SABAH used the headline "Tsipras’ big victory," adding that the left-wing leader would stand up to the so-called troika -- the EU, European Central Bank and the IMF -- as he promised to form an anti-bailout government.

MILLIYET used "Radical left’s victory," for its headline, adding the party "lost by a hair" one-party power as it did not win 151 seats.

Although Syriza has stated that it wants to keep the euro, a clash with the troika could possibly trigger a new crisis between Greece and its creditors.

Monday’s dailies also covered Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

The front page of Monday’s YENI SAFAK said: "Brave man," referring to Erdogan who visited Somalia despite security risks.

Erdogan, who began his African tour on Jan. 21, planned to visit Somalia on Friday, but postponed the visit after the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah.

On Jan. 22, the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab terrorist group attacked a hotel where a Turkish delegation was making final preparations ahead of Erdogan’s visit, killing four people -- including the attacker.

According to the newspaper Erdogan promised to build 10,000 homes in the African country.

VATAN wrote: "Turkish city in Somalia," referring to the housing project. The daily added that the residential buildings would be ready within a year or two.

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