A. Turkish Cypriot Press
B. Turkish Press
Illegal Bayrak (05.07. 18 http://www.brtk.net/?english_posts=akinci-receives-coalition-leaders-updated) broadcast that the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and leaders of the political parties in the “coalition government” held their routine monthly meeting.
Republican Turkish Party (CTP) leader “prime minister” Tufan Erhürman, Peoples’ Party (HP) leader and “deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs” Kudret Özersay, Social Democratic Party (TDP) leader “minister of national education” Cemal Özyiğit and Democratic Party (DP) leader “minister of finance” Serdar Denktaş were all present at the meeting during which the latest developments on the issue of Maronites, the Deryneia Apliki crossing points and the Cyprus negotiations process were discussed.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Özersay said that today’s meeting had mainly focused on the issue of Maronites and their return to the ancestral village of Ayia Marina as well as possible steps that could be taken to speed up the opening of the Deryneia and Apliki crossing points.
“As you may know there is work concerning title deeds and infrastructural work that needs to be completed before we can move forward. We also discussed the Deryneia and Apliki crossing points. As you know the tender process is continuing. We discussed what steps could be taken to speed up the process” he said.
Also touching upon the latest developments on the Cyprus problem, Özersay said that the issue will be evaluated once Akıncı holds his meeting tomorrow with the UN Special Representative Elizabeth Spehar.
Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (05.07.18) reports that the date on which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will illegally visit the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus has become definite. Erdogan’s first official visit abroad after the 24 June elections in Turkey will take place on 10 July, after the announcement of the official results by the Supreme Election Council and the President’s oath taking ceremony at the Turkish Grand National Assembly on 9 July.
Under the title “Akinci goes, Erdogan comes”, Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper (05.07.18) reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci will visit Turkey on 9 July in order to attend Erdogan’s oath taking ceremony. Akinci will return to the occupied area of Cyprus on the same day.
Under the above title, Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (05.07.18) reports that according to Kayhan Karaca, reporter of Deutsche Welle in Turkish, the European Parliament (EP) adopted yesterday a report by which the recognition of the Republic of Cyprus by Turkey is laid down as a precondition for visa exemption of the Turkish citizens in the European Union. The report, which was accepted with 538 votes in favor 110 against and 24 abstentions, notes that before the commencement of the negotiations on the issue of the personal data transfer, Turkey must fully, in practice and without discriminations cooperate with the Republic of Cyprus in the fields of justice and internal affairs.
The paper notes that now the reply of the EU Council and the Commission to the precondition regarding Cyprus laid down by the EP is expected with interest and adds that reaching an agreement with the Europol on the issue of personal data transfer was one of the preconditions for the Turkish citizens traveling in the EU member states without a visa.
Under the front-page banner title “Higher education under threat”, Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi newspaper (05.07.18) reports that the issue of the illegal universities in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus was discussed yesterday during the so-called “TRNC Higher Education Strategic Planning Workshop”. Addressing the workshop, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci referred to the need of having “very serious criteria” in higher education in the occupied area of the island adding: “Quality should be at the forefront. We must carry out a planning in a very sound manner and put an end to this wrong course”.
In his statements, self-styled prime minister Tufan Erhurman also referred to the planning issue and said that the neither “government” nor any other “institution” had carried out a study and planning providing that they would have 16 “universities” and 100,000 students in the 2017-18 academic year. He argued: “[…] If a planning for 100,000 students was conducted, we would not be caught unprepared on the issues of public transportation, multiculturalism, health and working life. 30,000 out of the 100,000 students come from third countries, that is, their mother language is not Turkish. Their culture is different. In the problems, which were experienced because of this, we have unfortunately started giving reactions approaching to racism. This is a very dangerous thing […]”.
Moreover, Prof. Dr. Akile Buke, chairperson of the “Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council” (“YODAK”), said that the current situation is not sustainable and argued that “the higher education in the TRNC, which reached this stage with a lot of work, is under threat”. Buke noted that 16 “universities” exist in the occupied area of Cyprus in which 4,529 teachers are employed and 101,000 students study. She added that 55,000 of these students come from Turkey and 13,000 from the occupied area of Cyprus.
Referring to the applications for opening new “universities”, Buke said that the procedure of the application of 14 new “universities” continues and added that some of these “universities” want to start offering education during the 2018-19 academic year.
Finally, Cemal Ozyigit, self-styled minister of education, said that applications for the opening of 16 new “universities” exist and that three of them will start functioning during the 2018-19 academic year. He noted that many “universities” applied for “preliminary permit” and added that this issue should be sincerely discussed.
Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (05.07.18) reports that Sener Elcil, the general secretary of KTOS Trade Union (Turkish Cypriot Primary School Teachers Trade Union) issued 24 questions to the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the MFA’s recent statement that Turkey will leave Afrin to its inhabitances. Elcil made a connection between Afrin and the occupied part of Cyprus and issued among others the following questions:
“Will you not distribute citizenships in Afrin? Will you not transfer population in Afrin? Will you not change into Turkish the names of the places in Afrin? Will you not establish a committee to distribute the soil of the persons living in Afrin? Will you not loot Afrin? Will you not stop the currency of Afrin and apply the circulation of the Turkish Lira? Will you not appoint a commander from Turkey fort the security forces preventing the promotion of the local policemen in Afrin? Will you not offer as present the most beautiful places of Afrin to your supports?”.
Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi (05.07.18) newspaper reports on data provided by the “social insurance department”, regarding the number of labour force in the occupied area of Cyprus per district.
According to the data, the highest number of workers is observed in the occupied part of Lefkosia (52,980 workers from Turkey and the “TRNC”), while the lowest number of workers is observed in occupied Lefka (738).
The highest number of workers from Turkey is observed in occupied Keryneia (11,533) while the number of Turkish Cypriots who work in occupied Keryneia is 9,280. Also, in occupied Famagusta the number of labor force is 3,987 while in occupied Morfou is 723.
Also, according to the same data, the total number of workers from Turkey is 31,287. However, data provided by the Education and Scientific Research Foundation of Turkey-Europe support that the number of Turkish workers who work in the “TRNC” is 28, 073 while the number of foreign workers is 13, 661.
Illegal Bayrak (05.07.18 http://www.brtk.net/?english_posts=tcg-barbaros-frigate ) broadcast that the TCG Barbaros Frigate is docked off the occupied Famagusta port and is open to public visits.
According to a statement by the “Security Forces Command” (the Turkish occupation forces) the TCG Barbaros Frigate is paying a visit to the breakaway regime and will be open for public visits today and tomorrow.
Turkish Cypriot daily Haberal Kibrisli newspaper (07.05.18) reports that Limak Holding, which operates in the field of tourism since 1995, has opened its first hotel in the breakaway regime, in occupied Vokolida. The name of the new hotel is Limak Cyprus Deluxe Hotel.
In statements about the company’s new investment in the occupied area of Cyprus, the chairman of the administration board of Limak Holding, Nihat Ozdemir, stated that the cost of the new hotel has reached 200 million dollars. He added that they feel very proud for the new investment in the “TRNC”, adding that with the construction of the new hotel, which has a bed capacity of 1,300 and 598 rooms, they achieved to increase the bed capacity of the hotels in the “TRNC” to 7,000. Ozdemir added further that the company has opened totally 8 hotels in Turkey in the last 23 years.
“Our goal is to increase our hotel’s bed capacity to 10,000 in five years”, Ozdemir added.
Illegal Bayrak (05.07.18 http://www.brtk.net/?english_posts=inflation-rate-rises ) broadcast that “the State Planning Organization” has announced that inflation has gone up by 2.49%.
In line with the “law”, the 12.11% rise in the inflation recorded in the first 6 months of the year will be reflected to the July salaries of “public sector employees”.
A rise has been recorded in the average prices of 433 goods and services.
The prices of 54 goods and services have dropped.
Turkish Daily Sabah (05.07.18 https://www.dailysabah.com/elections/2018/07/04/turkeys-supreme-election-board-announces-final-results-in-june-24-elections) reports that Turkey's Supreme Election Board on Wednesday announced the final results in June 24 Presidential and parliamentary elections, confirming President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's victory with 52.59 % of the votes.
Out of 50,068,627 valid votes, ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) candidate Erdoğan, backed by the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) in the Presidential race received 26,330,823 votes, Chairman Sadi Güven said at a news conference in capital Ankara.
Here are the results in Presidential elections:
Registered Voters: 59,367,469
Votes Cast: 51,197,959
Valid Votes: 50,068,627
Invalid Votes: 1,052,269
Participation Rate: 86.24%
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: 52.59% - 26,330,823
Muharrem Ince: 30.64% - 15,340,321
Selahattin Demirtaş (HDP): 8.40% - 4,205,974
Meral Akşener (IP): 7.29% - 3,649,030
Temel Karamollaoğlu (SP): 0.89% - 443,704
Doğu Perinçek (VP): 0.20% - 98,955
Here are the results in parliamentary elections:
Registered Voters: 59,367,469
Votes Cast: 51,189,444
Valid Votes: 50,137,175
Invalid Votes: 1,052,269
Participation Rate: 86.22%
Justice and Development Party (AK Party): 42.56% - 21,338,693 (overseas votes: 776,591)
Republican People's Party (CHP): 22.65% - 11,354,190 (overseas votes: 267,293)
Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP): 11.70% - 5,867,302 (overseas votes: 260,680)
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP): 11.10% - 5,565,331 (overseas votes: 120,603)
Good Party (IYI Party - IP): 9.96% - 4,993,479 (overseas votes: 60,696)
Felicity Party (SP): 1.34% - 672,139 (overseas votes: 11,390)
Free Cause Party (HüdaPar): 0.31% - 155,539 (overseas votes: 1,890)
Patriotic Party (VP): 0.23% - 114,872 (overseas votes: 4,023)
Independent: 0.15% - 75.630
People's Alliance (AK Party, MHP): 53.66% - 26,904,077
Nation Alliance (CHP, IP, SP): 33.95% - 17,019,808
Here is the seat distribution in the 600-Deputy Parliament:
AK Party: 295
People's Alliance: 344
Nation Alliance: 189
Ankara Anatolia news agency (05.07.18 https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/turkey-Presidential-cabinet-to-be-announced-on-july-9/1194887) reports that Presidential aide Ibrahim Kalin said on Wednesday that the Turkish Cabinet will be announced on July 9.
Kalin said: “The first Presidential decree will be issued in the time period between the oath-taking ceremony and announcement of the Presidential Cabinet.
“The structure of the new system will be realized,” he added.
Kalin said the government will ensure a smooth transition to the new system in accordance with the authority issued by the Grand National Assembly, till the President takes oath.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will also take oath on July 9.
“Following the oath-taking ceremony, Mr. President will visit Anitkabir [mausoleum of Turkey's founder Ataturk],” he said, adding that on the same day at 6.00 p.m. local time (1500GMT) the Presidential inauguration ceremony would be held.
The inauguration ceremony will be attended by several foreign heads of state and high-ranking officials as well as representatives from Turkey.
In addition, Ankara Anatolia news agency (05.07.18 https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/turkey-elected-mps-to-be-sworn-in-on-saturday/1195016) also reported that elected parliament members will be sworn in at the Turkish Grand National Assembly on Saturday, two weeks after the June 24 elections.
Parliament rules and regulations stipulate that elected Deputies are to be sworn in three days after the Supreme Board of Election chairman announces the official results.
Since the day after the elections, elected Deputies have started to receive their mandates from the election committees of their districts.
The oldest deputy -- Deniz Baykal, from the Republican People's Party's (CHP), who is to turn 80 years old soon -- is to chair the oath-taking ceremony.
The June 24 vote marked Turkey's transition to an executive Presidential system of government, doing away with the Prime Minister's post, among other changes.
Turkish Daily Sabah (05.07.18 https://www.dailysabah.com/elections/2018/07/04/no-need-for-nation-alliance-anymore-opposition-ip-sp-say) reports that party leaders from the opposition's electoral alliance declared an end to their political cooperation only 10 days after the June 24 elections.
The center-left secularist Republican People's Party (CHP), the right-wing Good Party (IYI Party - IP), the Islamist-conservative Felicity Party (SP) and the center-right Democrat Party (DP) had established the Nation Alliance, with the latter represented in IP's lists. The alliance received 33.9 % of the votes, suffering a defeat against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the Nationalist Movement Party's (MHP) People's Alliance, which received 53.7 % of the votes.
Aytun Çıray, the spokesman for the IP, said Wednesday that the Nation Alliance was meant for the elections and there is no need for it now that they have been concluded.
Speaking after the IP's executive board meeting, which was also attended by the party's Chairwoman Meral Akşener, Çıray said the possibility of early local elections is low amid Turkey's social and economic problems but the party is ready in any case.
Regarding the main opposition CHP's reluctantly open stance for early local elections, Çıray said, "The CHP might have brought up the early election concept to postpone its own problems. Our cooperation was not a coalition, it was an election cooperation. We had established an electoral cooperation, an alliance against election irregularities, for votes not to be swept aside." He added that the IP will pursue its own political agenda.
Çıray, a former CHP Deputy who switched to the İP after its foundation, was referring to the intraparty leadership debate in the CHP between Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and Presidential candidate Muharrem Ince.
His remarks confirmed expectations that the alliance will be short lived and would not last for much longer after the elections.
He also touched upon increases in a number of goods and services, saying that the government would not likely raise prices if it was considering early local elections.
Regarding claims of possible cooperation with the AK Party and the MHP in Parliament, which fall short of the majority required for constitutional changes, Çıray said that IP will show a constructive opposition stance.
Meanwhile, SP Chairman Temel Karamollaoğlu also said Wednesday that the Nation Alliance has been terminated.
In a press conference in party headquarters in Ankara, Karamollaoğlu said, "The alliance was about the general elections, it expired at that point."
He added that there will be no electoral cooperation in local elections.
In an interview on Wednesday, Kılıçdaroğlu claimed overall success in the elections and underlined the Nation Alliance as one of the successful points.
To avoid a possible veto by the Supreme Election Board on the newly-established İP's participation to the snap elections, the CHP had transferred 15 Deputies to the IP to help them to form a parliamentary group and earn the right to participate in the elections. The move had caused controversy and drew mixed reactions from the public, with some saying the move was successful, while others slammed the CHP for breaching political ethics.
Turkish Hurriyet Daily News (05.07.18 http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-actress-investigated-over-tweet-on-rapes-in-saudi-arabia-134157) reports that the Anadolu Chief Prosecutor’s Office in Istanbul launched an investigation on July 4 into a Turkish actress who opposed the death penalty by tweeting about the “record number of rape incidents” in the Saudi Arabian city of Medina, Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
“If the death penalty was a solution, then the lands of Medina would not break records in the number of rape incidents,” Berna Laçin said in a tweet on July 3.
Laçin’s comments about Medina, which is the second-holiest city in Islam after Mecca, came after the Turkish public started to debate about reinstating the death penalty amid a wave of violent crimes in which a number of children and women were victimized.
In a statement on July 4, the prosecutor’s office said Laçin would be probed over claims she “insulted people’s religious values,” a charge that had previously led to jail sentences.
In 2016, two Turkish journalists were sentenced to two years in prison in a case the prosecutor argued that they “insulted people’s religious values,” when they had republished a cover of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo featuring an image of the Prophet Muhammad.
After a social media storm, Laçin defended herself, saying her comment was not about Islam, but modern Saudi Arabia, where capital punishment is a legal penalty.
“I was talking about the current social order of Medina. When I say Medina, why do you not think of the [Saudi] Arabian city instead of thinking of holiness? Calm down,” she said on her social media accounts.
“Would I be insulting Christians if I said something negative about Sweden?” the 48-year-old actress asked, adding that she was intentionally targeted by social media trolls to promote their pro-death penalty campaign.
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