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* In its second round of voting on a constitutional amendment package on
Thursday, Turkish Parliament passed a host of changes, including election
of the president directly by the people, by 370 votes. The package was
vetoed by President Ahmet Necdet Sezer last month and sent back to
Other changes in the package include holding general elections at least
every four years, not five, and reducing the term of presidents from seven
years to five while allowing two terms. The amendments would also set a
parliamentary quorum of one-third of the deputies.
In related news, the Republican People's Party deputy group leader Ali
Topuz stated that his Party could appeal to the Constitutional Court to
annul the vote, which he called unconstitutional, reported the daily
* Addressing the nation on television for the last time before general
elections set for July 22, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
pointed to the importance of the polls and called on everyone to cast
Mr. Erdogan stressed that it shouldn't be forgotten that political
parties were competing with one another and that the final decision
belonged to the people.
"Governments are temporary, but the nation, flag and homeland last
forever" stated Mr. Erdogan. The premier further stressed that there are
global power struggles taking place near Turkey, adding, "These conditions
of our region make our country important" according to the daily newspaper
* Speaking at a pres conference on Wednesday, Turkish Constitutional Court
Chief Justice Tulay Tugcu stated that the court's recent ruling leading to
an aborted presidential election was open to criticism, but that such
criticisms should be legal, scholarly and based on the Constitution.
The court ruled that the Turkish parliament did not have the quorum at
its sessions to elect the president after the opposition boycotted the
elections and did not attend the parliament.
She stressed that in democracies, the powers and responsibilities of all
institutions are spelled out.
Ms. Tugcu added that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's criticisms of
the court's ruling were incompatible with the responsibility and
seriousness he should display as a statesman reported the daily newspaper
* In related news, on Wednesday, main opposition Republican People's Party
leader Deniz Baykal criticized Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's
recent remarks about the Constitutional Court ruling, which resulted in an
aborted presidential election, reported daily newspaper Cumhuriyet.
"The prime minister is hurting stability," stated Mr. Baykal.
"First of all, the prime minister has a very serious problem of wording.
He has an appearance, which is imposing and divorced from common sense.
His remarks show that he has shed the last vestige of civilized
understanding. Turkey has a problem with the prime minister. The main
wrecker of stability mentioned by everybody is the prime minister. For the
first time in the republic's history, a high court has filed a criminal
complaint against a prime minister," Mr. Baykal added.
* On Tuesday Democrat Party leader Mehmet Agar and Motherland Party leader
Erkan Mumcu appeared before the Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen's
Association as part of its series of meetings with political leaders ahead
of July's general elections.
Opening the meeting, Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen's
Association Chairwoman Arzuhan Dogan Yalcindag stated that preparations
for election of the president directly by the people are being rushed and
that the issue should be given greater consideration reported the daily
Currently presidents in Turkey are elected by the Turkish parliament.
Taking questions from Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen's
Association members, Mr. Agar stated that an extensive debate about the
presidential election process is needed to reach a consensus, adding that
the Constitution would be changed to allow election by popular vote.
Mr. Mumcu spoke about economic issues and criticized the floating
exchange rate policy.
Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen's Association had its first
meeting in the series with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week.
* US Ambassador to Turkey Ross Wilson stated on Monday that an airspace
violation last week by US jets in Turkey's southeastern province of
Hakkari bordering Iraq was due to pilot error.
In addition, Turkey's Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah Gul told
reporters that his ministry would take up the matter after they are fully
informed by the General Staff about the incident.
Mr. Gul also stated that from time to time such violations can happen in
border areas, reported the daily newspaper Milliyet.
* On Tuesday, The Turkish Foreign Ministry delivered a diplomatic note to
the US concerning the violation even though the US described as
The note was delivered to a US Embassy official at a working-level
meeting, contrary to media expectations that it would be handed to the
ambassador himself so as to highlight Turkey's anger over the incident,
reported the daily Zaman.
* According to The New Anatolian newspaper, German Foreign Affairs
Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier declared that Europe needs Turkey on
Stating that Turkey has assumed the role of a bridge between Europe and
the Middle East, the German Foreign Affairs Minister dismissed as a
baseless allegations that Turkey's negotiations with the European Union
would end in failure.
Speaking before the opening ceremony of the Europe-Asia Meeting attended
by Foreign Affairs Ministers from 26 EU and 16 Asian countries, Mr.
Steinmeier stated that Europe needs Turkey.
He added that the Turkish reform process must continue.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Edited by Hilal Koc
* Istanbul Modern hosts Andreas Gursky, a German photographer, who holds
the record for the highest amount earned by a living photographer for a
photograph. The retrospective exhibition of the globally renowned Gursky
kicked off yesterday and will continue until August 26.
Organized by the Haus der Kunst in Munich, and with the contribution of
Merrill Lynch, WestLB, Turkish German Businessmen Cultural Foundation,
Goethe Institut Istanbul, it will reflect at length Gursky's 23-year-old
career through 35 photographs. Haus der Kunst chief curator Thomas Weski
is curating Gursky's exhibition.
The importance of this exhibition is not only Gursky's first large
personal exhibition in Turkey but also the first comprehensive
retrospective of a contemporary, international artist at Istanbul Modern.
The selection of works in the exhibition displays Gursky's unique vision
of the diverse geographies of the world. Of these photographs, 30 are
recent works made after his highly acclaimed retrospective at The Museum
of Modern Art in New York in 2001.
In their breadth, audacity, color and startling perspectives, these
works give a comprehensive view of Gursky's work extending from 1984 until
In the late 1980s, Gursky began taking photographs of structures in
cities such as Tokyo, Cairo, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. Starting in 1988,
he began enlarging the dimensions of his photographs and by the 1990s, was
using the largest photographic paper available on the market. The
beginning of this decade saw him start to collate a number of photographic
sheets, creating images of a previously unknown size.
* Musical summer nights await the Turkish capital Ankara's music
The "Smile Trio" will entertain Ankara music fans with colorful music
and stage shows at Sheraton Ankara all through June and July. The trio,
which consists of Enriko, Irena and Svetlana, has a wide repertoire
ranging from the '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s music to tango; from waltz to
samba; from rock and roll to reggae and from disco to swing and current
Using mostly keyboard and percussion in their performances, the trio has
so far performed in numerous countries such as Switzerland, Norway,
Finland and Germany with a multilingual repertoire including English,
German, Greek and Norwegian.
The trio will be at the Copper Club at Sheraton Ankara everyday from
10:30 p.m. to 2:15 a.m. except Sundays. They will also perform everyday
from 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Lobby Bar except Sundays.
* Turkey's southeastern city of Mardin, which doesn't even have a movie
theater, will host a film festival.
Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, Mardin Municipality Cultural
Director Mehmet Baran said the second SineMardin Film Festival would be
held from June 1-5. Mr. Baran said SineMardin Film Festival would feature
award winning national and international short and long films.
"There will be 11 long and more than 20 short films at the festival as
well as various activities such as theaters, exhibitions and concerts.
Most of the activities will be held in historical places of the city,"
said Mr. Baran.
Among the films to be screened at the festival are Jasmila Zbanic's
"Grbavica: Esma's Secret," Miyazaki Goro's "Tales from Earthsea," Nuri
Bilge Ceylan's "Climates," and Kim Ki-Duk's "Time."
Mr. Baran said many television series had been shot in recent years in
Turkey's historical places including Mardin, and that a panel discussion
titled "Mardin as a Film Stage" will be held to discuss television series.
He said Mardin Municipality and southeastern Anatolia Cultural
Inheritance and Tourism Development Union organized the panel discussion
to be attended by officials from the Turkey's Film Writers Association,
culture and tourism offices, some artists, film critics and sociologists.
* The first annual "Minifest Celebration" is being held in Istanbul's
Parkorman in honor of children between the ages of 3 and 12 years old.
The festival will run until Tuesday, June 5th. The children will be
exposed to many different fields of art and expression, ranging from
dance, theater, sculpture, gymnastics, and music.
Also in line with the Formula 1 excitement that is approaching this
summer, the event's sponsor Renault will also create a specialized track
for the children to play and enjoy. The track will of course be called
"Mini Formula 1."
* Turkey's biggest open air music concert & festival, "Rock'N'Coke" is
celebrating its 5th anniversary this year. This year's headliners will be
The Smashing Pumpkins, Franz Ferdinand, Chris Cornell and Manic Street
Local talents like Teoman, Rashit, Ozlem Tekin, Within Temptation, Hayko
Cepkin, Gripin and Asli will join them.
The three-day-long festival will be held August 31st through September
2nd in Istanbul's Hezarfen airbase.
For more information on the festival, please visit
* Speaking of concerts, Nick Cave & The Bad Seed's violinist Warren Ellis
and his band Dirty Three will be in Istanbul on June 6th for a concert to
be held at the Roxy.
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in New Turkish Liras: 1.31
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey----------: 79/55 Fair
Antalya, on the Mediterranean------: 81/66 Fair
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey---: 79/64 Sunny
Izmir, on the Aegean---------------: 88/66 Fair
Trabzon, on the Black Sea----------: 66/63 Mostly Cloudy
Black Sea measured at Trabzon 64
Marmara Sea measured at Tekirdag 66
Aegean Sea measured at Izmir 72
Mediterranean Sea measured at Antalya 73
Edited by Mark Nowak
* UEFA European Cup 2008
Turkey 2 - 3 Bosnia Herzegovina
13 Sukur 27 Muslimovic
39 Sabri 45 Dzidic
*Turkish Premier League
Besiktas 2 - 1 Ankaraspor
Galatasaray 1 - 2 Fenerbahce
Genclerbirligi 1 - 0 Sakaryaspor
Erciyesspor 0 - 0 Antalyaspor
Trabzonspor 3 - 1 Bursaspor
Denizlispor 2 - 1 Kayserispor
Gaziantepspor 0 - 0 Manisaspor
Rizespor 1 - 0 Konyaspor
MKE Ankaragucu 1 - 4 Sivasspor
Kayserispor 3 - 0 Besiktas
Ankaraspor 2 - 1 Trabzonspor
Bursaspor 2 - 0 Galatasaray
Sivasspor 2 - 1 Erciyesspor
Antalyaspor 1 - 3 Genclerbirligi
Manisaspor 0 - 0 Denizlispor i
Konyaspor 0 - 2 Gaziantepspor
Sakaryaspor 1 - 1 Rizespor
Fenerbahce 3 - 1 MKE Ankaragucu
Team GP W D L GF GA Pts
1. Fenerbahce 34 20 10 4 65 31 70
2. Besiktas 34 18 7 9 43 32 61
3. Galatasaray 34 15 11 8 58 37 56
4. Trabzonspor 34 15 7 12 54 44 52
5. Kayserispor 34 13 12 9 54 43 51
6. Genclerbirligi 34 14 6 14 43 42 48
7. Sivasspor 34 14 6 14 41 44 48
8. BB Ankaraspor 34 10 17 7 43 38 47
9. Konyaspor 34 12 9 13 42 44 45
10. Bursaspor 34 12 9 13 36 42 45
11. Gaziantepspor 34 11 10 13 31 39 43
12. Manisaspor 34 11 9 14 41 45 42
13. MKE Ankaragucu 34 11 9 14 32 39 42
14. Denizlispor 34 9 14 11 33 40 41
15. Caykur Rizespor 34 11 7 16 34 40 40
16. Antalyaspor 34 8 15 11 32 36 39
17. Erciyesspor 34 9 10 15 29 49 37
18. Sakaryaspor 34 4 10 20 25 51 22
New teams promoted to Premier Division:
* Turkish Basketball
Fenerbahce defeats Efes Pilsen 4 0 to win the
* NBA Playoffs
Utah Jazz vs. San Antonio Spurs Spurs wins series
Mehmet Okur stats Pts Rebs Assts Mins
Game 1 Lost 108 -100 10 6 1 31
Game 2 Lost 105 - 96 11 5 2 41
Game 3 Won 109 83 0 4 2 21
Game 4 Lost 91 79 7 5 1 36
Game 5 Lost 109 84 8 3 0 24
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