Press Roundup

Press Roundup

Felicity Party leader Mustafa Kamalak, party members and the public at large gathered around the grave of former party leader and Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan in İstanbul on the first anniversary of his death. (Photo: AA)

February 26, 2012, Sunday/ 17:29:00

Zaman: “Horrible claims over the dam tragedy,” said the headline of a front-page story in the daily, reporting on the collapse of a dam in the southern province of Adana’s Kozan district.

The accident reportedly occurred when a tunnel in the dam that was under construction collapsed, killing construction workers and injuring two others. The daily claimed that the accident may have occurred due to negligence. The water was released to the dam without being properly tested and even though it was known there was a water leak, few measures were taken to deal with it.

Akşam: “Old traditions in the new CHP,” read the headline of the daily’s lead story, reporting that one of the two controversial congresses was to be held on Sunday. The first of the congresses, scheduled for Feb. 26, was called by the central administration to discuss the charter and to weaken the intra-party opposition, and the second will be held on Monday by the anti-administration camp. Former CHP leader Altan Öymen said: “The congresses are not enough to solve the CHP’s problems as not only the party charter, but the policies should be changed.”

Yeni Şafak: “Erdoğan did good by leaving the RP,” was the headline of the top story, quoting the former general leader of the Felicity Party (SP), Recai Kutan, who gave an interview to the daily. “The rivalry between the two political parties [the SP and the current ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party)] is the opposition of two sister groups. [Prime Minister Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan’s leaving the Welfare Party (RP) and founding a new party was reproached at that time, but now I see that he did good by doing this. And they are indeed successful,” Kutan said.