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MIDEAST MIRROR 10.07.15, SECTION C (TURKEY & IRAN)

 

From today’s Turkish press

 

COALITION SCENARIOS: Murat Yetkin finds common ground between the two main political parties in centre-left Radikal: “The AKP [Justice and Development Party] and CHP [Republican People's Party] have strong bases on which to reach a compromise. Yes, both parties' popular bases do not like each other, and they react against one another. But the majority in both parties believe that Turkey needs a new and a democratic constitution. According to the polls, every three of four electors in Turkey want a new, civilian and democratic constitution.”

Mehmet Tezkan detects a divergence between the president and PM in centrist Milliyet: “The Palace’s [President Erdogan’s] advisors want elections and are pushing for that. This is because a coalition will undermine the powers of the presidency. The presidential office heads will sit doing nothing. The standing of the advisors will sink by 50 percent. According to the Palace’s calculations, if the AKP wins back the MPs that it narrowly lost in 18 provinces, it can come to power alone. In contrast, the PM’s [Davutoglu’s] advisors are pushing for a coalition. This is because if there is a coalition their word will be heeded. The Palace’s tutelage will be broken.”

Nuray Mert calls on the president and his supporters to be open about their final goal in secular, Kemalist Cumhuriyet: “If the object is to establish an Islamic state, it is impossible to compromise with those who oppose such a system. But then the whole democratic regime must be rejected. According to this approach, elections as well as other democratic rules and institutions are invalid. Rather than saying this directly, it would be better to say what is meant by an ‘Islamic state' in an open manner and put it to the vote. That would be much fairer at least.”

Mustafa Unal argues that the president is an obstacle to a coalition in moderate, pro-Islamic, pro-Gulen Zaman: “Turkey needs a new government. But for some reason, the Palace and the AKP are playing for time. The coalition issue is becoming serious and the government talks will be delayed to the time after Bayram [Muslim 16-19July religious festival]. None of the parties is aching to get closer to the AKP. Everyone is being excessively careful. Neither the CHP [Republican People's Party] nor the MHP [Nationalist Movement Party] want to enter a coalition with the AKP and the Palace together. An AKP, which is free from the tutelage of the Palace, can join either the CHP or the MHP.”

Ahmet Tasgetiren argues that the AKP has the upper hand in centre-right, pro-government Star: “At the moment, the opposition bloc cannot form a government. And a government cannot be formed without the AKP. Yes, the AKP cannot form a government alone unless it is a minority government, which will be very problematic and can only be ventured for early election. And no other party has the chance to form a minority government. The AKP’s hand is thus the strongest, no matter with whom it sits at the table.” 

 

SYRIA CRISIS:  Nihat Ali Ozcan calls for more stringent border controls in Milliyet: ‘Ankara has long been criticized for not being able to prevent the passage of ‘foreign terrorist fighters’ into Syria. These criticisms have now decreased. Increased border controls have played a very significant role in this development. However, not only foreign fighters, but also Turkish citizens who are heading to Syria to fight must be stopped. As a matter of fact, political sense says that turning a blind eye to the passage of foreigners to Syria is a mistake, while the law says that sending fighters/soldiers to fight in foreign countries and groups is a crime.

Ufuk Ulutas notes a clash of agendas with Washington in centre-right, pro-government Aksam: ‘In short, opposition to the Islamist movements has been one of the main agendas of the U.S.'s Syria policy. And this has been a basic difference between the U.S. and Turkey. That is why Turkey must act with the awareness that in every attempt to coordinate with the U.S. over Syria, the two countries' agendas are different from each other.’

 

 

The Iranian press does not appear on Friday

 

 

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