Turkish Press Review - Friday, February 13, 2015

No less than seven of Thursday's dailies dedicate their front pages to the Turkish president’s criticism of American leaders following the shooting of three young Muslims in North Carolina this week

No less than seven of Thursday's dailies dedicate their front pages to the Turkish president’s criticism of American leaders following the shooting of three young Muslims in North Carolina this week

ISTANBUL – The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

Most of Thursday's dailies dedicate their front pages to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s criticism of U.S. President Barack Obama for what Erdogan described as America’s “silence” over the shooting dead of three young Muslims in North Carolina this week. 

“Where are you President?” was SABAH’s headline. The paper added: “Strong reaction from Erdogan to Obama who is silent over the murders.”

No less than seven newspapers HURRIYET, MILLIYET, STAR, YENI SAFAK, HABER TURK, AKSAM and CUMHURIYET used the same headline, quoting Erdogan.

The Turkish president was delivering a speech at Mexico's Matias Romero Institute on Thursday when he called on President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry to condemn the murder.

Three young Muslims, two of whom were newlyweds, were shot dead on Tuesday.

Police identified the victims as 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19.

Forty-six-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks turned himself in to police and was later charged with three counts of murder.

While the family said Hicks’ motive for the murder was a hate crime, the U.S. police said it was motived by “an ongoing neighbor dispute over parking.”

In other news HURRIYET reported on Turkey’s central bank, saying: “Authority belongs to central (bank),” a quote from Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan during an interview with state-run channel TRT Haber.

The daily said that Babacan supported Turkish Central Bank governor Erdem Basci.

Babacan said that if the currency rate became a daily point of political polemics the country may feel negative effects, reported the newspaper.

Central bank governor Basci has been the target of severe criticism from some cabinet members on the pace of interest rate reduction.

President Erdogan has repeatedly complained of a "lack of logic" in the bank's maintenance of relatively high interest rates based on the inflation outlook for Turkey.

The U.S. dollar jumped to a record high against the Turkish lira of over 2.50 on Tuesday.

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