Press Roundup

Press Roundup

July 13, 2012, Friday/ 17:17:00

A yogurt festival kicked off in Silivri, a town near İstanbul, on Monday in which two men dressed in traditional clothes marched through the streets carrying yogurt bowls to let people know about the festival.

 Bugün: “One transfer and a hundred scenarios,” headlined the daily’s major story reporting on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s offer of merging his Justice and Development Party (AK Party) with the Voice of the People Party (HAS Party). Scenarios over why the AK Party made such a move abound. One of them is that Erdoğan will give HAS Party leader Numan Kurtulmuş a very important position in the party and will announce it during the AK Party’s fourth ordinary congress, while others claim that Kurtulmuş will accept the offer as he plans on becoming the party’s next leader.

 Radikal: “SBS’s most visionary eyes,” read the headline of a front page story. Dolunay Kocabaş, who ranked second in the recent Level Determination Examination (SBS), which was taken by eighth grade students at the end of the 2011-2012 academic year, suffers from 92 percent of severe vision loss. Describing her success as “the most meaningful success at the SBS,” the report further said that Kocabaş has been playing the piano and violin for six years and wants to become a psychologist.

 Taraf: “PKK should choose a man and come to the table,” headlined the top story of the paper, quoting Justice and Development Party (AK Party) deputy Galip Ensarioğlu. “The [Kurdistan Workers’ Party] PKK is a result of our Kurdish problem. It is hard to come up with a solution to the Kurdish issue that excludes the PKK,” said the deputy, who suggested that the PKK find a reliable, serious and sincere interlocutor whom the state can trust as well. Negotiations between that interlocutor and the state should then be launched, he said.