Press Roundup

Press Roundup

(PHOTO: AA, CEM ÖKSÜZ)

February 27, 2012, Monday/ 17:10:00

On his 59th birthday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his wife, Emine, were welcomed in Ankara by a large crowd composed mostly of female Justice and Development Party supporters with a birthday cake decorated with red roses.

Star: “Democracy without opposition,” was the headline of the daily’s lead story, referring to the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP). The daily said that although it was dubbed “the feast of democracy” by Kılıçdaroğlu, the CHP’s 16th extraordinary congress held on Sunday proved to be quite undemocratic. The daily published a picture of Mersin deputy İsa Gök, who is one of Kılıçdaroğlu’s staunch opponents and was booed by Kılıçdaroğlu supporters and prevented from getting through the congress door.

Bugün: “She managed to bring the ‘Big Four’ together,” said the headline of one of the daily’s page one stories, reporting that the Turkish soccer league’s “Big Four” teams and old rivals -- Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe, Beşiktaş and Trabzonspor -- had joined forces to help Tuğçe Kübra Başar, a 17-year-old girl suffering from lung disease. First, the Turkish charity foundation Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There) extended help to Başar by giving her a breathing apparatus. But with TL 140,000 required for a lung transplant, the “Big Four” joined forces and provided the money.

Vatan: “A historic gesture,” the headline of a story on the daily’s front page read, describing a donation made by Beşiktaş Chairman Yıldırım Demirören’s to the Beşiktaş club. According to the daily, Demirören announced he will not accept the TL 103 million that the club owes him but will instead donate this money to the club. “I may have made some mistakes while managing this club, but I did everything for the benefit of Beşiktaş,” said Demirören, who appears to be the only candidate in the running for the top post at the Turkish Football Federation (TFF).