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Newspapers mainly cover Monday’s coalition meeting in Ankara as well as deployment of US fighter aircraft at Turkey’s strategic Incirlik airbase

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

Monday’s dailies dedicated their front-pages to today’s coalition meeting between Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu in Ankara.

HABERTURK ran with the front page headline “Coalition summit” stating that “[the world of] politics focused on the two leaders”.

Davutoglu and Kilicdaroglu are expected to meet at 6.00 p.m. [1500GMT] in the Prime Minister’s residence to discuss the results of weeks of exploratory talks between their parties over the formation of a coalition government.

Davutoglu’s Justice and Development (AK) Party and the CHP, the two largest groups in the Turkish parliament since last June’s general election, entered into official negotiations in search of a coalition three weeks ago, and last Tuesday completed their fifth round of exploratory talks.

“Eyes are on him [Davutoglu]” was HURRIYET’s headline. The daily reported that Davutoglu was on the verge of a “critical” decision.

MILLIYET’s headline read: “’Common stance’ call,” referring to Davutoglu’s written statement on his twitter account ahead of Monday’s coalition talks in Ankara.

“I call on all the political parties to adopt a common stance over public order, protecting the democracy and disarmament,” he said.    

Amid ongoing coalition talks, the possibility of renewed polling is back atop the agenda as the Aug. 23 deadline to establish a government looms near.

In the case that the deadline expires without a government, either President Recep Tayyip Erdogan or the parliament may decide to hold a new election. If Erdogan issues the decision, the polling is supposed to be held on the first Sunday following a 90-day period starting from Aug. 23.

In the current set of circumstances, this scenario suggests renewed polling in November.

The deployment of U.S. fighter aircraft to Turkey’s strategic Incirlik airbase on Sunday was also a main focus of numerous dailies.

HURRIYET’s headline read: “Reinforcement has come to Incirlik: 6 aircraft, 300 troops.”

The newspaper reported that the first U.S. reinforcements had arrived at the Incirlik base in Turkey’s Adana province following an agreement between the U.S. and Turkey in the fight against Daesh.

It was reported that the contingent included six F-16 “Fighting Falcons” and 300 American personnel from the 31st Fighter Wing based at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Turkish officials also told Anadolu Agency that the contingent included a C-5 transport plane and a KC-135 refueling aircraft.

Incirlik has been opened to U.S. forces, in agreement with the Turkish government, for expanded operations against Daesh.

HABERTURK’s front page headline read “They [aircraft] arrived against Daesh” while VATAN similarly wrote “They arrived”, running photos of the U.S. aircraft.

In economic news, DUNYA’s headline read: “11 main sectors call for Ankara: Problems have piled up, we are losing blood.”

The daily reported that problems of Turkey’s main sectors, which include textile, construction and logistics, have worsened as delays in the formation a government continue.

It cited remarks by Seref Fayat, chairman of the Turkish Clothing Manufacturers’ Association (TGSD) who is quoted as saying, “It is the first time that we have had this much of a hard time in the last 20 years. Ankara should work [on forming a government].” 

 

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