Turkish President's remarks on August presidential elections dominated front pages.


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Many Turkish newspapers on Thursday, including SABAH, AKSAM, HURRIYET, MILLIYET, RADIKAL and HABERTURK, dedicated their front pages to President Abdullah Gul's remarks on August's presidential elections, saying that the Justice and Development (AK) Party's candidate for the elections would be decided at the latest in May. "We will decide who will be the candidate for elections after discussing with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan," Turkish dailies quotes Gul as saying.

Gul, speaking to Turkish reporters during his official visit to Kuwait, emphasized that he will not be surprised by any shock announcements for the candidacy as it would be decided in discussions inolving both himself and Erdogan. SABAH's headline was "We will solve Cankaya issue among us"; HURRIYET and RADIKAL used "The time has come"; MILLIYET: "We will not make a surprise"; HABERTURK: "The time has come to dicuss the candidates."

Also given attention in Thursday's newspapers were allegations of official documents belonging to Antalya Metropolitan Municipality being illegaly disposed of by the former Republican People's Party (CHP) mayor Mustafa Akaydin. Original signed documents were captured by Antalya security forces in a municipal facility, HABERTURK said, as the new AK Party Antalya mayor Menderes Turel claimed "the event proved the efforts of CHP to cover its corruption and robbery."

Former CHP mayor Akaydin said that the mentioned documents were trash, denying claims that he would flee to US.

Turkish daily VATAN gave the United States' pledge to give US$3 million for the report of the whereabouts of three DHKP-C (Revolutionary People Liberation Party-Front) militants related to the bombing of the U.S. embassy in Ankara in February last year.

The US State Department is seeking to discover the whereabouts of Musa Asoglu, the reported leader of the DHKP/C, Zerrin Sari and Seher Demir Sen, both members of the central committee.

The leftist militant group was allegedly involved in the attack that left a Turkish guard and the bomber dead. Following that attack, the group claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on the AK Party headquarters in Ankara and a grenade attack on the Justice Ministry.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Nisan 2014, 11:09