Press Roundup

April 22, 2011, Friday/ 16:41:00

The 33rd International April 23 Children’s Day festivities organized by the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation began in Bursa. Children attending the celebration cut a cake weighing five tons.

Star: “Democratic republic should be only unchangeable article,” the daily said in the headline of a front-page story yesterday, quoting remarks from the Constitutional Commission head of the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV), Can Paker, who said there should be one unchangeable article in the new Constitution which defines Turkey as a democratic republic. Paker announced TESEV’s draft constitution on Wednesday and said it was prepared based on the experience of the foundation, which has carried out much research on the Kurdish issue, the headscarf problem and minorities in Turkey.

Taraf: “Solution on the table, death on the streets,” read the headline of the daily’s top story yesterday, reporting the death of 26 year-old İbrahim Oruç in the Bismil district of Diyarbakır during demonstrations to protest a decision by the Supreme Election Board (YSK) to disqualify 12 independent deputy candidates, including those supported by the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy (BDP). The young man’s death came at a time when the top echelons of the state were moving to settle the crisis triggered by Monday’s YSK decision.

Akşam: “Traces of presidential system in election manifesto,” the daily headlined yesterday, reporting that the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AK Party) recently announced an election manifesto that hints at the party’s willingness to adopt a presidential system. The daily said the party excluded a phrase saying that Turkey has a parliamentary system from its election manifesto for the 2007 elections but has not made a reference to this system in its latest election manifesto for the June 12 elections.