Press Roundup

September 07, 2010, Tuesday/ 15:59:00
Hundreds of thousands of Muslims gathered in and around the Grand Mosque in Mecca on Monday night to mark Laylat al-Qadr, the anniversary of the night on which the Prophet Muhammad first received revelations from God through the Archangel Gabriel.Vatan: “One flag is enough,” said the daily in the headline of its lead story yesterday, quoting remarks from Raif Öztürk, head of the Diyarbakır Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association. Öztürk said: “As a Kurd, I do not want separation from Turkey. If I were a politician, I would not want to run for the presidency of Kurdistan, which would comprise a few cities. I would run for the presidency or membership in the Parliament of Turkey, which is a big country.” Öztürk also noted that as long as there is equality among citizens, one flag will be enough for all. “The Kurds also have no demands for separation. They do not want a second flag,” Öztürk said.

Sabah: “Yes to freedom,” the daily said in the headline of its main story yesterday, quoting remarks from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who spoke at his party’s referendum rally in İstanbul on Sunday. Erdoğan said voting “yes” in the upcoming referendum will mean saying “yes” to democracy, freedoms, justice and law.

Yeni Şafak: Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB) President Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu has said he told Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who is carrying out a campaign against constitutional reforms that will be presented to a referendum on Sept. 12, that he would vote in favor of the amendments, the daily reported in a front-page story yesterday. Indicating that TOBB is an institution that thinks Turkey’s most pressing need is a new constitution, Hisarcıklıoğlu said a strong democracy is possible after increasing the quality of democracy. He also said he does not find it right that TOBB has been asked to state its institutional stance on the reforms, the daily said.