Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, known for being a promising football player before he entered politics, plays with a football his Australian counterpart, Julia Gillard, presented to him during a meeting in Ankara.
Yeni Şafak: The daily’s major article covered statements by 93-year-old Mehmet Metin, who during World War II had to stay in a mosque used by the military. A dispute between the prime minister and Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader recently erupted over the CHP’s practices as the ruling party from 1926 to 1950. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said many mosques were used by the military during the CHP’s rule. Metin said that he stayed at İstanbul’s Blue Mosque, which was then being used as a recruitment center. “The mosque was full of soldiers; some used the mosque as a toilet,” he said.
Vatan: “We are the new owners of the Middle East,” read the headline of the daily’s major story, reporting on Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s statements delivered on Thursday regarding Turkey’s foreign policy. “Just as we have the goal of a new Turkey, we also have the goal of a new Middle East. We have ended the era of being dragged along by big powers and being the stuntmen for other parties’ political agendas. Turkey will lead the ‘wave of change’ in the Middle East. A new Middle East is emerging and we will continue to lead this. Turkey will pioneer this order of peace,” the minister said.
Habertürk: “CHP loses as it gets close to right wing,” headlined the paper’s top story, covering an interview with German former Social Democrat Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. Speaking to the daily, the former chancellor said the Turkish left-wing’s problem is that it has nationalist tendencies. “The reason my party was overthrown was the economic reforms we were trying to make. But the problem with the Republican People’s Party [CHP, known as Turkey’s leftist party] is that it is getting close to the right wing. In fact, this is the problem with all social democrats in Turkey,” he said.