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* Turkey's election of a new president headed to
court Friday, after opposition deputies boycotted in
an effort to deny a 367-vote majority to the nominee,
Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah Gül.
If the resort to the 11-judge Constitutional Court
by opposition Republican People's Party is
successful, it would mean the effective annulment of
Gül's election late in the afternoon by 357 votes of
the ruling Justice and Development Party and a
handful of maverick deputies and new parliamentary
If the court annuls the elections, the only way
forward is for Parliament to call early elections.
According to the constitution, the elections should
be held within three months. Within this period
President Ahmet Necdet Sezer will remain in his post
-- until the new president is elected by the new
Parliament, reported the Turkish Daily News.
* The Turkish Daily News reported that the powerful
Turkish military said late Friday that it was
watching a parliamentary presidential vote with
concern and issued a harsh warning against
questioning the country's secular system and said it
would "openly display its position and attitudes when
it becomes necessary." reported the Turkish Daily
Hours earlier, the ruling party's presidential
candidate failed to win enough votes in a first round
of balloting in Parliament, reflecting the deep rift
between the Islamic-rooted government and the secular
The statement was posted on the army web site hours
after parliament held a first round of voting in the
presidential election, in which Foreign affairs
minister Abdullah Gül of the ruling Islamist-rooted
Justice and Development Party was the sole
"The problem that has recently stood out in the
presidential election process has focused on the
issue of questioning secularism. The Turkish armed
forces are following this with concern," the general
staff said in a statement late in the evening.
The Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party
government said Saturday a military warning against
it was democratically unacceptable.
In a rather unaccustomed manner the Turkish
government lashed out at the army, which accused it
of endangering secularism, saying that the general
staff "remains under the orders of the prime
Government spokesman Cemil Çiçek told in a news
conference that the government's commitment to the
secular order of the country and said it was
"unacceptable" for Turkey to resolve its problems
outside the democratic system.
Çiçek said Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan had spoken
by telephone with Turkey's top general, Yasar
Büyükanit, after the midnight Friday's statement in
which the military said it was ready to act in
defense of secularism.
* Reuters News Agency reported that a group of
Turkish Cypriots published a newspaper on Thursday as
spoof in protest to what they said was the European
Union dragging its feet to end the trade embargo in
The one-off newspaper published in English and
Turkish by the "Thank You Europe Committee" described
northern Cyprus as "a forgotten corner of Europe
touched by political farce."
1,000 copies of the newspaper have been sent to the
European Parliament and diplomatic missions on the
* The president of Turkey's Higher Education Board
(YÖK), Erdogan Teziç, faced a potential assassination
on Wednesday. An assailant tried to enter the YÖK
building in Ankara at about 14:30 local time, but was
stopped by security guards. The assailant, who said
he wanted to see Teziç, escaped but he also fired
three shots from a gun into the air. He managed to
run away, getting in a taxi, witnesses said.
Teziç, a staunch secular, was critical of the
government's policies and also was claiming that a
367 majority attendance is mandatory in the
parliament for the election of the new president.
* Daily Star reported that European Unions Foreign
Policy Chief Javier Solana and Iran's chief nuclear
negotiator Ali Larijani met in Ankara on Wednesday to
find a peaceful solution to Tehrans nuclear
Mr. Larijari told reporters that his country
fulfils the International Atomic Energy Agency rules
and their talks with Solana were a good opportunity
to exchange views on the issue.
Mr. Larijani and Solana are expected to meet with
Foreign affairs minister Abdullah Gul today and then
to hold a press conference.
* An international ceremony was held at the Martyrs
Memorial on the Gallipoli peninsula of Çanakkale on
occasion of the 92nd anniversary of the Battle of
Çanakkale, reported the Anatolia News Agency on
The ceremony was attended by representatives from
the countries involved in the battle including New
Zealand's minister of foreign affairs.
Some 10,000 Australians and New Zealanders also
were in Canakkale in North Western Turkey to
commemorate their ancestors, who lost their lives
during the battle.
* The National Sovereignty and Children's Day was
celebrated all over Turkey yesterday, with Parliament
and the Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the
founder of the Republic the first stops for official
ceremonies in Ankara.
Earlier in the day, a wreath was laid at the
Atatürk Monument in the Turkish Parliament and later
accompanied by teachers and students the Education
Minister Hüseyin Çelik visited Atatürk's Mausoleum.
Parliament Speaker Bülent Arinç, who visited the
mausoleum together with state dignitaries, signed the
guest book after having laid a wreath. The mausoleum
was later opened to the public. An official ceremony
took place in the first parliament building as well
and was attended by Arinç and some military
commanders including the Chief of General Staff Gen.
The official ceremonies continued in Parliament,
with Arinç hosting top politicians and military
commanders. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Gen.
Büyükanit and Foreign affairs minister Abdullah Gül
shared a warm conversation, while waiting to shake
hands with Arinç. Main opposition Republican People's
Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal was later involved in
The children celebrated April 23 National
Sovereignty Day at stadiums including the Ankara May
19 Stadium and the Ali Sami Yen Stadium in Istanbul.
A series of ceremonies took place in northern Cyprus
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Hilal Koc
* Flying Carpet Tourism and Travel Company that
operates in Israel said they would bring 40,000
Israeli tourists to Bodrum on the Aegean coast of
Turkey in 2007.
Flying Carpet is known as the tour company that
takes the highest number of tourists from Israel to
"We are glad about the peninsula excursion and
bilateral conversations held with the tourism agents
in Bodrum. We want to improve our tourism relations
that started three years ago. " Flying Carpet's
General Manager Yaron Miller said.
* The remains of the 13th century Seljuk palace
complex of Kubad Abad were recently uncovered during
excavations in Isparta's Yenisarbademli district in
south central Turkey. Seljuk sultan Alaeddin Keykubad
had the palace built between 1226-1236. The complex
consists of the Great Palace to the north, the Little
Palace to the south, and a shipyard beyond.
Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, Isparta's
Provincial Culture and Tourism director Abdullah
Kilic said that although the excavation works were
underway in the area, the palace already became a
center of attraction for tourists.
The excavations conducted so far have uncovered
colored glasses, coins, ceramics, tiles as well as
tile mosaics in different forms and figures. All the
findings are likely to shed light on Turkish history
Mr. Kilic noted.
* Director of the German Tourism Center in Turkey
Knut Haenschke said they expected that more than
600,000 tourists in Germany from Turkey in 2015.
At a press conference held last week at the Four
Seasons Hotel in Sultanahmet, Mr. Haenschke provided
information about promotional activities that have
been carried out to make Germany a tourist
destination for Turkish tourists. He said they had
allocated a budget of 34.3 million euros for
promotional activities of Germany, adding that the
bottom line for the activities would be culture and
"There is a great demand and effort to bring German
tourists to Turkey but we want more tourists to come
from Turkey to Germany, too," said Haenschke. He said
the number of international tourists, who had been
accommodated in Germany last year, was 52 million,
adding, "We plan to increase this figure to 60
million and more in 2015. Last year more 392,000
Turkish tourists stayed in German hotels."
Mr. Haenschke said the main theme for the
promotional activities would be "Germany, Arts and
Culture Country" for 2007, "Palaces and Parks -
Romantic Germany" for 2008, "Germany, the Country of
Regions and Cities" for 2009 and "Cultural Cities of
Germany" for 2010.
* Dogan News Agency reports that Marmaris was chosen
as a pilot region for the Turkish Culture and Tourism
Ministry's "Pilot Project for Promotion of
The project will reveal the beauty and charm of
Marmaris to European cities with picture galleries
and exhibits. So far, the beauties of the holiday
resort Marmaris adorned digital panels in Manchester
and Birmingham in Britain and Glasgow in Scotland at
the beginning of April.
The streets of Denmark's capital Copenhagen were
next and Moscow is set to be next this summer.
* Celebrations for the 2007 Mevlana Year began in the
Netherlands on Saturday with a performance by
whirling dervishes and mystic Sufi music recitals in
the capital Amsterdam. As UNESCO marks 2007 as
"Mevlana Year" around the world to honor the 800th
anniversary of the great spiritual leader of the
Islamic Sufi order, Jalal ud-din Rumi or Mevlana, the
centuries-old tradition of the whirling dervishes
will tour the world to convey his messages of love
The Whirling Dervishes, sponsored by the Turkish
Ministry of Culture, will travel to 18 countries and
22 cities throughout the year.
* Turkish movies "Times and Winds" and "A Man's Fear
of God", two of the most successful recent works in
Turkish film, will be screened in New York, reported
the Anatolia news agency.
The films will be shown at the Tribeca
International Film Festival between April 25 and May
6. The office of Turkish Tourism Information in New
York, which has been attempting to promote Turkish
movies in the American market, will organize a series
of events to promote "Times and Winds" and "A Man's
Fear of God."
Within the scope of its events, the two films will
represent Turkey at the Tribeca International Film
Festival. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism will
hold a cocktail party to launch the movies.
A food and wine festival will also be organized
that will be attended by many countries including
France, Italy, Britain, the United States and
Germany, at the Epcot Center in Disneyland in
Orlando. The office of Turkish Tourism Information,
which participated in the same festival last year,
will join this year's festival with two chefs,
marbling artists, two calligraphers and two cultural
* Meanwhile, the Turkish Culture and Tourism Office
in Denmark will organize a "Turkish Films Week" from
May 18 to 25 to promote Turkish movies in Europe.
During the screenings that will be held at the Park
Bio Movie Theater, one of the most important film
centers in Denmark, Turkish films such as "A Man's
Fear of God", "Ice Cream I Scream", "International",
"My Father and My Son", "Where's Firuze?" and
"Shattered Soul" will be on screen.
* And finally, Portuguese capital Lisbon has been
hosting a Turkish Film Festival all week at Lisbon
The festival brings together movies by four Turkish
directors at the Literature department of the
university, with English dubbing.
Yavuz Özkan's, "Crab Basket" (1995), Sadik Incesu's
"Boredom of May" (1999), Atif Yilmaz's "Borrowed
Bride" (2004) and Yavuz Tugrul's "Heartbreak" (2004).
In addition, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's movie titled
"Seasons," which won the FIPRESCI - International
Federation of Film Critics, has been playing in
theaters across Portugal since April 12.
* Istanbul got endorsed as an emerging spot both for
nightlife great food with an article in the Chicago
Publishing an interview with Peter Frank, the
editor of the most visited tourism website in the
country, concierge.com, the daily wrote "Istanbul is
becoming Europe's nightlife capital, with amazing
clubs overlooking the Bosporus and all these great
little restaurants on rooftops. The food was really,
Frank said, "I was amazed at the sophistication of
the restaurants and the nightclubs," adding that
Istanbul even made it onto Concierge.com's "It" list
of trendy destinations for 2007. He said he was
predicting that travel to Turkey by Americans would
continue to grow. "Turkey is going to be enormous
this year," he added.
* Turkish guitarist composer Timucin Sahin will be in
New York after a long european tour and will appear
with his special quartet in Knitting Factory Old
Office on 30 th of April.
Mr. Sahin features Tyshawn Sorey on drums Thomas
Morgan on bass and John O'Gallegher on alto sax.
"Timucin's unique sound on fretless electric guitar
and his emotional content in his composing made him
non-comparable and his music almost impossible to
categorize" the jazz site All About Jazz says.
"With his unique quartet he'll present new
dimensions in todays contemporary music," the site
Knitting Factory is at 74 Leonard Street in New
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.34
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 59/41 Partly Cloudy
Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 73/55 Partly Cloudy
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 61/46 Fair
Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 72/52 Mostly Cloudy
Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 57/52 Partly Cloudy
Snow depths at skiing locations:
Erciyes, in Kayseri, Central Turkey 11 inches
Ilgaz, in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey 4 inches
Kartalkaya, in Bolu, Western Turkey 35 inches
Palandoken, in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey 28 inches
Saklikent, in Antalya, Southern Turkey - inches
Sarikamis, in Kars, Eastern Turkey 47 inches
Uludag, in Bursa, Western Turkey 21 inches
Edited by Mark Nowak
* Turkish Soccer Super League
Week 29 Results
Galatasaray 3 - 1 Rizespor
Ankaragucu 0 - 0 Gençlerbirligi
Kayserispor 3 - 3 Ankaraspor
Denizlispor 2 - 0 Sivasspor
Manisaspor 4 - 1 Bursaspor
Besiktas 1 - 0 Antalyaspor
Konyaspor 1 - 1 Erciyesspor
Trabzonspor 5 - 2 Sakaryaspor
Gaziantepspor 0 - 2 Fenerbahçe
Week 30 Matches
Antalyaspor 1 - 2 Trabzonspor
Kayserispor 2 - 1 Konyaspor
Bursaspor 1 - 1 Gaziantepspor
Rizespor 3 - 1 Ankaragucu
Gençlerbirligi 1 - 2 Erciyesspor
Ankaraspor 1 - 1 Manisaspor
Team GP W D L Pts GF GA
1. Fenerbahçe 29 17 8 4 59 55 25
2. Besiktas 29 16 7 6 55 40 24
3. Galatasaray 29 14 9 6 51 52 31
4. Kayserispor 30 12 12 6 48 49 38
5. Trabzonspor 30 13 6 11 45 46 39
6. Sivasspor 29 12 5 12 41 34 38
7. Ankaraspor 30 8 16 6 40 37 34
8. Konyaspor 30 10 9 11 39 39 40
9. Gençlerbirligi 30 11 6 13 39 36 38
10. Bursaspor 30 10 8 12 38 30 39
11. Antalyaspor 30 8 13 9 37 30 31
12. Manisaspor 30 10 7 13 37 40 44
13. Ankaragucu 30 9 9 12 36 28 32
14. Gaziantepspor 30 9 9 12 36 27 36
15. Rizespor 30 10 5 15 35 30 36
16. Denizlispor 29 8 10 11 34 28 36
17. Erciyesspor 30 8 8 14 32 25 45
18. Sakaryaspor 29 4 9 16 21 23 43
*Turkish Cup Finals
Besiktas vs. Erciyesspor
* Turkish Basketball Men's
1. Fenerbahce 28-2
2. Efes P. 27-3
3. T.Telekom 25-5
4. Galatasaray 18-12
5. TED Koleji 17-13
6. Besiktas 17-13
7. Banvitspor 15-15
8. Darussafaka 14-16
9. Mersin 13-17
10. Selcuk Uni. 12-18
11. Karsiyaka 12-17
12. Alpella 11-18
13. Tofas 9-21
14. Oyak Renault 9-21
15. Beykoz 9-21
16. Tekelspor 3-27
* NBA - Playoffs
Hidayet Turkoglu Stats
Orlando vs. Detroit pts rebs assts min
Game 3 92 100 17 1 3 41
Game 2 90 98 22 2 2 36
Game 1 77 93 10 7 4 38
Utah vs. Houston
Game 3 81 67 7 3 1 36
Game 2 90 98 4 10 6 35
Game 1 75 84 6 9 1 36
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