Turkish News for week ending 29 Apr. 2000
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* According to a report dispatched by Milliyet on Friday, presidential
candidate Mr. Ahmet Necdet Sezer received most of the votes at the Turkish
Grand National Assembly meeting to elect the 10th president of the
Republic of Turkey.
The candidates and their votes are as follows:
Ahmet Necdet Sezer, 281
Nevzat Yalcintas, 61
Sadi Somuncuoglu 58
Yildirim Akbulut, 56
Dogan Gures, 35
Ahmet Iyimaya, 10
Rasim Zaimoglu, 7
A. Oktay Guner, 5
Oguz Aygun, 4
Mail Buyukerman, 3 votes.
As Sezer couldn't get the 367 votes in the first vote, the Turkish Grand
National Assembly will hold a second round of balloting on Monday, May 1.
While evaluating the result of the ballot, Premier Bulent Ecevit stated
that the result was as expected and he was hopeful that the second ballot
would benefit Sezer.
Meanwhile, in regards to the ballot, Ahmet Necdet Sezer stated, "It is
up to the Parliament's discretion." Sezer's candidacy has been widely
covered in the foreign press also and viewed as a positive
development. The European press emphasizes especially his secure and
Earlier, Turkey's major opposition political parties have agreed to
support Mr. Sezer, the government's nominee. Mr. Sezer is a high ranking
secular judge. A Voice of America report characterized this as "a rare
Mr. Sezer, who is 59-years old, first gained public prominence with a
speech last year in which he called for easing bans on free expression
contained in the constitution. The judge is untainted by corruption
scandals like so many of Turkey's political leaders, and many commentators
say Mr. Sezer's nomination -- although unexpected --is hugely welcome.
* All Turkish papers reported last week that 29 members of US House of
Representatives, who Turks say are influenced by ethnic groups against
Turkey, have written a letter to President Bill Clinton asking him to stop
the sale of Bell-Textron King Cobra attack helicopters to Turkey should
the contract be awarded to a U.S. firm.
The letter was written on the initiative of Republican Senator for
Florida Michael Bilirakis and states that refusing to supply the
helicopters to Turkey will increase stability in the Balkans, the Caucasus
and the Middle East, and contribute to an improvement in Turkey's human
Turkish papers are saying that the anti-Turkish lobbyists are also
suggesting that Turkey's financial resources should be put to better use
by repairing the effects of the last year's deadly earthquakes.
* Turkish authorities have started placing 10 seismographs sent from Japan
on the Marmara Sea bed to determine the condition of the fault line in the
According to a report dispatched by Daily Hurriyet, the Dean of the
Mining Faculty of the Istanbul Technical University, Dr. Naci Gorur, said
that within three or four months, they will be able to collect information
concerning the condition of the fault line in the region.
Istanbul Technical University also published a report on Thursday on the
magnitude of the earthquake risk Istanbul faces. The report, quoted in
the Turkish daily Star, states that the probability of an earthquake in
Istanbul area in 30 years is between 47 to 77 percent.
The scientists are explaining the increased probability with the theory
that the 17 August Izmit quake increased the stress on the fault lines in
the Marmara Sea.
* According to a daily Star report, Turkey's Minister of Labor and Social
Welfare, Mr. Yasar Okuyan, announced that insured people would receive
social security cards.
During his speech at a meeting in Istanbul Chamber of Trade, Minister
Okuyan said, "At the first stage, 32 million citizens from Social Security
Agency, and 14 million from Bag-Kur, the agency that insures self-employed
Turks, will get these cards. They will be used in all social security and
health related matters. The project is expected be completed in 20
* Earlier this week Mr. Gazi Ercel, Governor of the Central Bank of Turkey
announced that Turkish authorities may removed six zeros from the Turkish
Lira in early 2001.
According to Daily Hurriyet's report Mr. Ercel said that technical
studies were underway. With the implementation out this project, one
Turkish Lira would be equal to two U.S. dollars. Mr. Ercel said that they
would thus have removed one of the serious burdens of the high chronic
inflation on Turkey's economy. On Thursday, however, Mr. Ercel announced
that this operation would not be undertaken until year 2002.
* Daily Milliyet reports that the. Forbes magazine listed three Turkish
companies among the 800 giant companies of the world, excluding the
Forbes list included the Koc Group, Sabanci Group and the TUPRAS Turkish
Oil Refineries Inc.
The Koc Group was in the 338th place with $7-billion revenue,
Sabanci Group was in the 446th place with $5.2 billions, and
TUPRAS was in the 714th place with $3.2 billion.
EXCHANGE RATE FOR THE U.S. DOLLARS IN TURKISH LIRAS:
Selling Rate Buying Rate
One U.S. Dollar 602,000 598,000
Ankara (Central Anatolian Region): 18/10 (64/50)Rain
Istanbul (Marmara Region)--------: 17/12 (63/54)Rain
Izmir (Aegean Region)------------: 19/12 (66/54)Cloudy
Antalya (Mediterranean Region)---: 20/14 (68/57)Rain
ARTS & CULTURE
* Turkey's Ministry of Tourism continues its promotion campaign in various
countries. This time, posters advertising Turkey's natural beauties and
historic riches will appear on the busses and billboards of Paris and
various other French cities. Advertisements will also appear on 19 major
French magazines, and broadcast by the leading four television channels.
Edited for Turkish Radio our by Mark Nowak
Turkish Premier Soccer League
Week 30 results:
Bursaspor Genclerbirligi 2-5
Adanaspor Vanspor 2-0
Galatasaray Denizlispor 2-2
Goztepe Erzurumspor 1-4
Gaziantepspor Istanbulspor 1-0
Trabzonspor Altay 2-1
Kocaelispor Ankaragucu 4-1
Antalyaspor Besiktas 2-2
Fenerbahce Samsunspor 1-0
Week 31 games:
Besiktas 5-1 Bursaspor
1. Galatasaray 72
2. Besiktas 69
3. Gaziantepspor 55
4. Fenerbahce 52
5. Samsunspor 49
6. Trabzonspor 49
7. Genclerbirligi 44
8. Denizlispor 41
9. Adanaspor 38
11. Erzurumspor 38
12. Bursaspor 36
13. Ankaragucu 35
14. Antalyaspor 34
15. Altay 33
16. Istanbulspor 29
17. Goztepe 23
18. Vanspor 15
* Turkish weight-lifter Halil Mutlu broke one more world record with his
166.5-kilo lift in clean and jerk at the 79th European Adults Championship
in Bulgaria. Halil Mutlu, competing in the 56-kilogram weight to class,
won three gold medals in snatch, clean and jerk and total categories with
135, 166.5 and 300 kilos respectively.
* Another Turkish weight lifter, Naim Suleymanoglu, received two bronze
medals in the same competitions in the 64-kilogram category. Naim
Suleymanoglu managed to become third in the snatch with 140 kilos and
fourth in the clean and jerk with 170 kilos. He ranked third in total
Naim Suleymanoglu, dubbed "the pocket Hercules", once was the top
athlete in his category, holding several gold medals both in the Olympics
and other competitions.
* Turkey became the first in the team standings in the Third International
Antalya Youth Greco-Roman and Freestyle Wrestling Tournaments.
Turkey won 7 gold, 8 silver and five bronze medals in freestyle while it
won three gold, three silver and five bronze medals in Greco-Roman style
in the tournament.
Thus, Turkey became the first in team standings. Iran and South Africa
followed Turkey in freestyle team standings.
Georgia became the second and Azerbaijan became the third in Greco-Roman
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