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      Edited for the Turkish Radio Hour by Sevda Küpo*lu Aleckson

      * Turkish Daily News reported that last Sunday, the conservative
      Democratic Justice and Development Party won an overwhelming victory in
      Turkish elections.
      The Justice and Development Partywon a parliamentary majority in the
      elections winning 363 seats of the 550-seat Parliament.
      Vote tallies from Sunday's elections showed that Mr. Erdogan's party had
      35 percent support. The center-left Republican People's Party had 19
      percent. This means the party has been given a national mandate to
      legislate sweeping changes to bring about economic, social and political
      changes in Turkey. However, they were quick to soothe worries about
      overturning Turkey's pro-Western stance.
      This is the first time in 15 years that any party has been in a position
      to govern alone. Observers called the election’s results a massive
      political earthquake that swept away the partners of the Mr. Bulent
      Ecevit’s coalition government as well as the main opposition party. It is
      believed that this victory is largely due to voter fury over a devastated
      At a huge celebration at party headquarters, leader Mr. Recep Tayyip
      Erdogan said: "We will not spend our time dizzy with victory. We will
      build a Turkey where common sense prevails."

      * Turkey's Supreme Election Board announced that Sunday's general
      elections were held in peace. The board is expected to announce the
      official results either on November 18 or 19.
      The most striking result of the elections is that the profile of the
      Turkish Parliament changed by 90 percent. 500 members of the 550-seat
      Parliament were not reelected.

      * Results showed Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit's party capturing only about
      one percent of the vote. Neither of his coalition partners had enough
      votes to break the 10 percent threshold needed to enter the parliament.
      Turkey's ailing Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit conceded defeat in national
      elections on Sunday and said his government had committed political
      suicide by giving in to calls for early elections.

      * Defeated Turkish party leaders of other parties indicated that they
      understood the voters' message that they were no longer wanted. Motherland
      Party leader Mr. Mesut Yilmaz quit his party and politics.
      The True Path Party leader Ms. Tansu Ciller and Nationalist Action Party
      leader Mr. Devlet Bahceli said that they will not seek reelection as
      leaders of their respective parties.

      * The Western and Islamic communities responses varied regarding the
      success of the conservative Justice and Development Party.
      An European Union diplomat said that he had not expected the Justice and
      Development Partyto get that many votes and he urged that the European
      Union’s policy on Turkey would remain unchanged. The Union would wait and
      see how AKP's policies would develop from their preelection promises.
      A German producer was cautious about Turkey's prospects in gaining
      European Union membership. "A coalition government would have been more
      beneficial to Turkey's European Union inclusion. It was already difficult
      for Turkey to access the European Union, now it seems even harder."
      A Greek journalist said that his newspaper would headline Justice and
      Development Party's majority with the slogan "slap on military." He stated
      the European Union would expect the new government to issue concrete steps
      on Turkey's policies.
      Mr. Yousef Alsharif, from Al-Jazzire television, said CNN
      International's report on Turkey's election seemed to focus more on women
      wearing headscarves and Justice and Development Party's Islamic ties,
      while BBC made a more balanced broadcast. Mr. Alsharif stated that Arabic
      countries do not share the vision of Justice and Development Partyas an
      Islamic party. "Arabic countries point out that Justice and Development
      Partyleft its political Islamic identity and established a bridge between
      Islam and secularism by becoming more conservative and nationalist," he
      said. According to Mr. Alsharif, this is seen as a platform for political
      Islam to reach a compromise with secular democracy.

      * Although the Justice and Development Partyemerged as a landslide winner
      of the election, its leader Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan will have to find
      someone else for the Prime Minister position because of his ban from
      public office based on a past conviction for inciting a religious hatred.

      * According to the Turkish daily Turkiye, President Ahmet Sezer met with
      AK Party leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Republican People's Party leader
      Deniz Baykal. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer issued a statement through his
      Chief Advisor Tacan Ildem that last Sunday’s elections had reflected the
      nation’s will and that everyone should respect it.
      Stressing his satisfaction that the Justice and Development Partyand
      Republican People's Party would work together to address Turkey’s urgent
      issues, particularly its European Union membership bid, it was stated that
      President Sezer would do whatever he could to help promote the bid.
      Mr. Ildem indicated that the President would act within his
      constitutional authority to appoint the new Prime Minister, but he would
      consult with the Justice and Development Partybefore making the

      * Turkish Daily News reported that the head of Turkey's loyal secular
      military warned yesterday that the military would protect the secular
      state against "fundamentalism."
      In commemoration of the 64th anniversary of the death of Turkey's
      founding father, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Chief of Staff General Hilmi Ozkok
      issued a statement that "Turkey's armed forces have the will and
      determination to look out for and protect the republic against all types
      of threats, especially fundamentalism and separatist activities."
      Turkey's military has carried out three coups since 1960 and pressured a
      pro-Islamic party out of power in 1997. Justice and Development Party,
      which won a majority of seats in Sunday's elections, has its origins in
      Turkey's Islamic movement, but calls itself a secular, democratic party.
      Justice and Development Partyleader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly
      denied that his party runs an Islamic agenda and has emphasized Turkey's
      bid to join the European Union.
      Commemorating Ataturk, who founded the contemporary, democratic, secular
      and unitary republic, Ozkok said that the Turkish military forces remember
      Ataturk with a permanent devotion believing that the Turkish nation would
      always follow his path.

      * The private Turkish channel NTV reported that, International Monetary
      Fund spokesperson Mr. Conny Lotze stated that the International
      Knight-Ridder Fund is looking forward to working with the Justice and
      Development Party.
      Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the leader of the Justice and Development Party,
      has indicated that the party will implement the already agreed conditions
      of the International Monetary Fund program that was negotiated by the
      previous government. The International Monetary Fund welcomed the
      statements by the Justice and Development Partyleadership backing the
      Fund’s economic program.

      * According to the private Turkish channel NTV, a statement issued by the
      European Parliament that Turkey should be encouraged to continue the
      reform process that has been put in train.
      This statement indicated that the European Parliament was encouraged by
      the joint position taken by both the Justice and Development Party, which
      will form the new government, and the opposition Republican People's Party
      declaring their willingness to work together to help Turkey gain a date to
      begin European Union accession negotiations. The European Parliament
      believes that this would be the basis for a productive cooperation between
      the two parliaments.

      * According to the daily Milliyet, International Monetary Fund External
      Relations Director Tom Dawson, speaking at a press conference in
      Washington, stated that minor adjustments in Turkey’s economic program
      might be needed since a new government would soon be coming into office.
      Mr. Dawson also said that the International Monetary Fund looks forward
      to working with the new government. He stated “It is clear that the new
      government is determined to continue the nation’s current economic


      Exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 1,623,000


      High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather

      Istanbul (Marmara Region)--------: 62/52 Rainy
      Trabzon (Black Sea Region)-------: 68/59 Rainy
      Izmir (Aegean Region)------------: 65/53 Rainy
      Antalya (Mediterranean Region)---: 68/54 Rainy
      Ankara (Central Anatolian Region): 62/32 Rainy


      Trabzon (Black Sea) 66
      Kumkoy (Marmara Sea) 60
      Bodrum (Aegean Sea) 72
      Alanya (Mediterranean Sea) 72


      Edited and with the Turkish radio hour by Filiz Sarnalbant

      * The documentary movie named “Duvarlar” translated as “Walls” has been
      chosen as one of the 40 movies among 200 nominees to premiere in
      Pennsylvania Film Festival.
      The jury of the Pennsylvania film Festival has chosen 40 films to
      premiere including Turkish director Can Candan's movie "Walls" among 200
      nominees, reports the Anatolian news agency.
      Director Can Candan is the head of the Cinema-TV school at Istanbul
      Bilgi University.
      The Wall demonstrates the past, present and near future of the Turks as
      the biggest minority group of immigrants in Berlin, how they are affected
      by the reunion of east and west or -in other words- the demolition of the
      famous Berlin wall.
      Director Can Candan has revealed the facts and changes of the society as
      an insider as well as an outsider.
      Mr. Candan has returned to Turkey in 2000 from US where he has lived for
      13 years. He has studied movie and media arts in Hampshire and Temple
      Universities. He has also lectured in many universities and educational
      institutions in US.
      His studies and productions has been taking place in national and
      international conferences, festivals and TV shows.

      * The short movie by Ilker Canikligil, another Turkish director, named
      “Simularca” is awarded the best movie in seventh Manchester International
      Festival of Short Movies.
      Earlier, “Simularca” was one of the 39 productions selected to premiere
      in France's annual Clermont Ferrand Short Movies Festival, chosen among
      900 nominees.
      The movie is about a paranoid man who thinks everything in and around
      his life is a setup.
      Other movies by Ilker Canikligil includes "Cat’s Eye", a space "I want to
      Fly", -"The Tree" and "The Guard".
      For more information on Mr. Canikligil see

      * The photographs of the mozaics found in excavations of the world-famous
      antique city Zeugma are being exhibited in Ankara, reports the Turkish
      private Channel NTV.
      The exhibition will then travel to other cities around the World,
      starting with various cities in Turkey.
      A dam built upstream partially inundated the remains of the ancient city
      of Zeugma in 2000. An international excavation effort saved many priceless
      artifacts from the site. See <http://www.zeugma2000.com/zeugma.html> ;
      <http://www.zeugmaweb.com/zeugma/english/download.htm> and
      for more.

      * According to the Anatolian News Agency, a symposium titled "Turkey, the
      Guard of the Past" held in the University of New York discussed the
      archeological treasures of Turkey.
      Turkey's Culture Ministry, Tourism Ministry, the Archeology Magazine and
      the New York University spent more than a year to prepare the symposium.

      * The Turkish film Festival that just concluded in New York was attended
      well, reports the Anatolian news agency. The audience was mostly
      Americans and some movies were sold out.
      Held by the non-profit organization "Moon and Stars Project", the
      festival featured the following Turkish films:
      Big Man Small Love
      Constable Shakespeare
      Representatives of the major production companies such as Miramax,
      Warner Bros, Cinetic Media, Indigent and Wellspring also attended the

      * The Anatolian News Agency reports that the movie "His Secret Life" by
      Turkish director Ferzan Ozpetek is a great success in Italy and many other
      European countries.
      The scenario of the movie is accepted in the library of The Academy of
      Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organizers of the Oscar awards.
      The director of the Libray, Gregory Walsh has sent a letter to public
      relations agent of Ferzan Ozpetek, asking for the original scenario.
      The movie is shown in five different movie theatres in the US.


      Edited by Mark Nowak

      * Turkish Soccer Premier League

      Week 11 match results:

      Altay 0-4 Adanaspor
      Ankaragucu 1-0 Istanbulspor
      Denizlispor 2-2 Bursaspor
      Elazigspor 0-3 G.Birligi
      Galatasaray 3-1 Göztepe
      G.Antep 2-1 Kocaelispor
      Malatyaspor 2-1 Samsunspor
      Trabzonspor 3-0 Diyarbakirspor

      Previously postponed match results:

      Denizlispor 2-2 Bursaspor
      Fenerbahce 6-0 Galatasaray

      Week 12 matches

      Besiktas 3-1 Elazigspor
      Adanaspor - Galatasaray
      Bursaspor - Malatyaspor
      Diyarbakirspor - Ankaragucu
      G.Birligi - Altay
      Göztepe - Trabzonspor
      Istanbulspor - G.Antep
      Kocaelispor - Denizlispor
      Samsunspor - Fenerbahce


      Team Pts
      1. Galatasaray 26
      2. Besiktas 25
      3. G.Antep 23
      4. Fenerbahce 19
      5. Trabzonspor 19
      6. G.Birligi 18
      7. Ankaragucu 17
      8. Malatyaspor 16
      9. Samsunspor 15
      10. Adanaspor 14
      11. Denizlispor 13
      12. Istanbulspor 12
      13. Bursaspor 11
      14. Elazigspor 11
      15. Göztepe 10
      16. Altay 8
      17. Diyarbakirspor 6
      18. Kocaelispor 4

      * Turkish Men's Basketball

      Team Pts
      1 Ülker 10
      2 Efes Pilsen 9
      3 Oyak Renault 9
      4 Türk Telekom 8
      5 Karsiyaka 8
      6 Galatasaray 7
      7 Darüssafaka 7
      8 Büyük Kolej 7
      9 TED Kolej 7
      10 Fenerbahçe 7
      11 Besiktas 6
      12 ITÜ 6
      13 Tekelspor 6
      14 Göztepe 5

      * Turkish Women's Basketball

      Team Pts
      1 Erdemirspor 8
      2 Botas 7
      3 Migrosspor 7
      4 Fenerbahçe 7
      5 I.U.S.B.K. 6
      6 Çankaya Ari Kolj6
      7 Besiktas 6
      8 Galatasaray 6
      9 Et balik 5
      10 Kocaelispor 5
      11 Güre Bld. 5
      12 Yildirim Bosna 4

      * European Cup - 2003

      Group A

      Team Pts

      Litvanya 9
      Türkiye 9
      Bulgaristan 8
      Ukrayna 8
      Isviçre 6
      Hollanda 5

      * NBA
      MIN FG 3 Pt FT RB ASST
      Sacramento 110 - 99 Memphis, Turkoglu: 26 6-12 4-6 6-6 4 1
      Sacremento 78 - 89 Miami, Turkoglu: 18 2-8 0-2 4-6 3 1
      Sacremento 88 - 95 NY, Turkoglu: 11 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0


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      Mr. Rettenberg will argue that the election results are essentially
      beneficial as it was time for a new leadership group to take over in
      Turkey. On the other hand, in brutally dismissing the old political elite
      at the polls, Turkish voters demonstrated their anger with the status quo,
      an indication that they will be perhaps dangerously impatient for the new
      government to produce results.
      Frank Rettenberg is a retired foreign service officer who worked at the
      American Consulate General in Istanbul and has been observing the Turkish
      political scene for 45 years. He visits Turkey frequently, the last time
      in September of this year. It was on this last visit, in conversations
      with Turks in all walks of life, that he became aware of the deep sense of
      anger in the Turkish electorate.
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