Turkish press review

February 27, 2012, Monday/ 11:30:00

On Monday Turkish dailies mostly covered birthday celebrations for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a soccer match between Beşiktaş and Galatasaray and a main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) general congress.

Several newspapers reported on Erdoğan's birthday. The prime minister was born on Feb. 26, 1954 and celebrated his 59th birthday yesterday. Erdoğan proceeded from İstanbul to Ankara late on Sunday to begin working after 17 days of rest as he recently underwent a second surgery. Members of his Justice and Development Party (AK Party) put on a surprise party for Erdoğan at Ankara's Esenboğa Airport. In İstanbul, the premier's son, Bilal, also organized a party for Erdoğan. The prime minister will begin working full-time today, starting with a National Security Council (MGK) meeting in Ankara.

Dailies also wrote about the derby game between Beşiktaş and Galatasaray. Galatasaray defeated Beşiktaş 3-2, bringing its points in the Spor Toto Super League to 63.

Another widely covered topic was the 16th extraordinary CHP congress. Despite a call to boycott the congress from opposition within the party, 967 of 1,247 delegates participated in the gathering. The participation rate was a sign of CHP head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu's victory in the first round. However, former CHP leader Deniz Baykal did not attend the meeting. A new party bylaw was approved during the meeting.