1-From today’s Turkish press


JUNE 7TH ELECTIONS: Cengiz Candar hopes for the ruling party’s defeat in the upcoming June 7th general elections in centre-left Radikal: "The latest election polls strongly suggest that the AKP [ruling Justice and Development Party] is likely to fail. This is what lies behind President Erdogan's panic and the reports of a 'split' in the 'AKP community'. Erdogan and the AKP cannot achieve what they want in this election and the truth is that their failure is good for democracy. It is best for Turkey's future. It is for Turkey's good."

Mehmet Tezkan believes the election results are still hard to predict in centrist Milliyet: "Pro-government commentators have gradually begun to talk about the possibility of a coalition. The estimation is that the ruling party will either narrowly preserve its place, or slide below the 276 seats needed for a parliamentary majority, and be politically constrained. It is difficult to guess what percentage of the vote the ruling party may get."

Aydin Engin sees the opposition at a disadvantage in secular, Kemalist Cumhuriyet: "The CHP [main opposition Republican People's Party] has finally remembered that it is a social democrat party and it has generated huge excitement inside and outside the party via the numerous projects it has announced. But such excitement alone, unfortunately, will not bring it to power. This is because it is paying the ransom of its sins in the previous years and it is starting the race with 26-27 per cent of the vote."

Fadime Ozkan suggests that a coalition may be inevitable in centre-right, pro-government Star: "The June 7th elections are of historic significance. They have the potential to change Turkey's destiny. If the HDP [pro-Kurdish leftist alliance] passes the 10% electoral threshold and the AKP fails to receive the votes it desires and secure 275 seats in parliament, a coalition is inevitable."

Hasan Cemal looks to a defeat for the president in independent Internet T24: "The June elections may allow the country to stop taking sides and end the polarization. Turkey will be comfortable if one man [President Erdogan] receives a fatal blow at the ballot box. The doors of political compromise would then be opened."



2-From today’s Iranian press


NUCLEAR TALKS: Reformist Arman raises two points: "Our nuclear negotiators are bound and obliged to act under the supervision of the Supreme Leader and will not go beyond his outline and redlines. The Americans want to go beyond the Lausanne agreement regarding interviews with our nuclear scientists. In addition, if the Additional Protocol is to be implemented, it should be in a manner similar to other countries that have accepted the protocol; no exception should be made for Iran."

Conservative Siyasat-e Ruz objects: "The nuclear negotiations are going through a sensitive phase. The Americans are trying to turn this agreement into a tool not to remove sanctions. They have insisted several times that if a final agreement is reached, sanctions will remain in place to secure the interests of the U.S. and the Zionists."

Conservative Khorasan calls for respect of fair critics: "Any team, group or person trying to achieve a deal at any price, i.e. at the price of undermining our dignity and independence and violating the nation's rights, is an unforgivable betrayal. The negotiating team and the government should respect critics, especially fair and caring ones, and should consider their criticism an asset for consolidating the government's strength and power. The West has political power and the global media at its disposal; they have extraordinary poisoning propaganda and power against our country."

Reformist Mardom Salari is concerned: "Developments in the Middle East have created problems for the nuclear talks. American extremists and radicals took advantage of this situation and pressed the administration to bully Iran. The Saudi/Israel axis, Iran's main opponents in the region, made the situation harder. For the U.S., resolving Iran’s nuclear case is very important; therefore, it is unlikely that such issues will stop the talks. They may, however, delay them. We should be careful not to move towards stopping them. Stopping the talks will be to both sides' detriment and in Saudi Arabia and Israel's favour. Therefore, we should reduce the intensity of domestic objections."


RED LINES: Hard-line Javan claims that red lines cannot be tempered with: "Comments by senior Iranian negotiator Abbas Araqchi need to be reviewed. His remarks that ‘some redlines might be tweaked from time to time, and once they are, the negotiating team will make the necessary adjustments’ is not correct. As is clear from the term 'red lines', they specify the basic contours and framework of negotiations. Without these lines the talks could have nasty and unexpected results. Downgrading our current stances, when the West is not ready to make more concessions, paves the way for the enemy's excessive demands." 


SAUDI ARABIA: Conservative Resalat warns: "Saudi rulers should not forget that their unconditional support for ISIS and other terrorist groups will pave the way for their expansion to Saudi Arabia. These crimes can lead to the deepening and institutionalization of hostility caused by the brutal killing of the Yemeni nation and the destruction of their infrastructure. It will result in the continuation of regional conflicts as well as Saudi Arabia's political isolation."


YEMENI PEACE CONFERENCE: Hard-line Keyhan explains: "President Abd-Rabbo Mansur Hadi and Saudi Arabia's request for the UN to indefinitely postpone the Geneva peace conference shows that the talks are not in the interest of Saudi Arabia and Saudi-linked Yemeni groups. The reason is clear: though the Saudi regime and affiliated Yemeni groups have extensive support from outside, they have no power anywhere inside Yemen. Until the Saudi regime and its Yemeni agents are able to achieve significant successes inside Yemen, they will be reluctant to participate in any talks. The postponement of the Geneva talks will be combined with an escalation of war and conflict." 


DOMESTIC POLITICS: Moderate Iran believes Rowhani is doing alright: "The language and political discourse of opponents of Rowhani's government have intensified and their activities and efforts to disrupt the work of the government have become more organized. The opposition was hopeful to create gaps between the government and other institutions in light of the economic recession inherited from the previous administration. However, the government in addition to maintaining consistency, managed to prevent political disputes."

Reformist Sharq explicates: "The closer we get to parliamentary elections, the more conservatives intensify their pressure. Through limitless criticisms and ignoring the real roots of problems inherited from the past, some are trying to hinder the development of the nation. The Rowhani administration took office after eight years of anxiety where the intellectual and legal underpinnings of the country were unsettled. Naturally, the government's priority in the past two years has been to return to the era before the turbulence."


ECONOMY: Centrist Jomhuri-ye Eslami suggests a more equitable way: "By raising prices of energy carriers and gas, the government has started the third phase of the targeted subsidies law. This price hike puts pressure on society, and the low-income strata will suffer most. The government must stop this and refrain from further price hikes. Instead, it should openly and promptly remove from the list the names of those who do not need cash subsidies. This is certainly closer to equity and justice and puts less pressure on the lower echelons of society."



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