In a 500-word article entitled "Going to the West on the Wings of the East" on page 12, Aksam columnist Ismail Kucukkaya asserts that Erdogan is following in the footsteps of Former President Turgut Ozal in paying visits to Arab countries which suggest that "he is not neglecting the East in taking steps toward integrating with the West" and that rather than making a choice between the East and the West, he wants both.
Turkish Primes Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan, Minister of Interior Besir Atalay, Minister of State in charge of Family Selma Aliye Kavaf, Mayor of Istanbul Kadir Topbas, Governor of Istanbul Hüseyin Avni Mutlu, Ekrem Dumanli , editor-in-chief of Zaman newspaper, Fatih Altayli, editor-in-chief of Haberturk and Ismail Küçükkaya, editor-in-chief of Aksam daily were among the participants.
In a 550-word article entitled "It Will Take One General Election To Accomplish Complete Normalization" on page 12, Aksam columnist Ismail Kucukkaya asserts that the economy remains virtually unaffected by the tension between the Erdogan government and the Higher Education Council (YOK) and cites this as proof of the "maturity" with which the financial markets and the public are responding to the ongoing developments involving the Government and the YOK.Kucukkaya also predicts an early general election in 2006 and quotes certain unnamed sources as saying that the True Path Party (DYP) and the Nationalist Action Party (MHP) will win seats in Parliament in the next elections, causing the Justice and Development Party's (AKP) parliamentary strength to be weakened.
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