Turkish Press Review - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tuesday's newspapers focused on Turkish president’s remarks on ex-intelligence chief's resignation and presidential system, G-20 meeting in Istanbul and dollar’s increase in value against Turkish lira

Tuesday's newspapers focused on Turkish president’s remarks on ex-intelligence chief's resignation and presidential system, G-20 meeting in Istanbul and dollar’s increase in value against Turkish lira

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Tuesday’s newspapers dedicated their front pages to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks on the ex-intelligence chief’s resignation, the possible introduction of a presidential system, the G-20 meeting in Istanbul and the dollar’s increase in value against the Turkish lira. 

MILLIYET ran with the headline: “Fidan reproach,” referring to Turkish president Erdogan's remarks over ex-intelligence agency chief Hakan Fidan. 

Late on Friday, Fidan resigned his post as head of National Intelligence Agency to stand in the upcoming June 7 general elections, the prime minister's office said.

Speaking to journalists on his flight to Colombia on Monday, Erdogan said, “I assigned a person, whom I see as secretive, to the intelligence agency.”

“I said that I did not approve (of his candidacy for parliament)," he said, adding that Fidan resigned by saying he was tired of his intelligence work. 

The president added, “It is very important who will be assigned (to the intelligence agency) because it is very clear what we have experienced during our struggle with the parallel state… Even if I am alone, I will carry on this struggle to the end."  

Turkey’s current government accuses U.S. based cleric Fethullah Gulen’s movement of forming an illegal foreign-linked "state within the state," mainly within the police and the judiciary, which allegedly eavesdropped on thousands of people and sought to target the government.

Similarly, YENISAFAK’s headline read: “I told Fidan: Don't go,” citing the president's remarks. He stated that the intelligence agency was not a casual organization, adding, “We could not assign an ordinary person there easily.”

“The parallel structure is worse than the PKK,” STAR headlined, quoting Erdogan’s statements. “Even the PKK has not damaged Turkey in the international arena as much as they have damaged it."

The Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, is listed as a terrorist group by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union.

- Presidential system

“The presidential system will be voted on,” HABERTURK wrote on its front page, referring to the Turkish president's remarks. “It will be an election of a presidential system,” Erdogan said. 

A new presidential system has become a topical issue in Turkey as parliamentary elections in June 2015 get closer. Erdogan has repeatedly expressed his willingness for such a change. The Turkish president believes that with the presidential system the country will make more progress concerning rights and freedoms. 

- G20 meeting in Istanbul

The G20 meeting was another news item that some newspapers focused on.

“Financial chiefs meet in Istanbul,” is the YENISAFAK’s title. It said that reforms to be made in order to overcome the crisis were discussed during the gathering. Sixteen ministers from 21 countries, 17 central bank presidents and 600 delegations attended the gathering.

In its article, SABAH said that first G20 meeting during the Turkey’s presidency term is being held in Istanbul.

The paper wrote that G20 ministers and central bank presidents released an OECD report, which encouraged accelerated growth, during the gathering.

- Dollar vs. Turkish lira exchange rate

In other news, MILLIYET said: “New record from dollars,” referring to its increase in value against the Turkish lira. HURRIYET wrote: Dollar increased by 10 percent in three months.

The U.S. dollar jumped to a record high against the Turkish lira at 2.50 on Monday. It came after calls on the central bank to cut interest rates in order to boost growth in the country. After reaching the 2.50 level, the dollar balanced itself at 2.48 before the closing of the interbank market.

The Central Bank of Turkey cut key interest rates by 50 base points, from 8.25 percent to 7.75 percent, in its latest monetary policy meeting on Jan. 20, but the bank's move was considered insufficient by Turkish officials, including the president, in order to boost growth, which in Turkey stood at 1.7 percent in the third quarter of 2014. 

There are also rising expectations that the U.S. Federal reserve will start to hike interest rates mid-2015.

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