Wednesday's dailies cover a row over strong language directed at Turkey's family minister by an opposition leader


World Bulletin / News Desk

Wednesday’s papers covered criticism of Turkey's main opposition leader over strong language directed at the country’s family minister amid an alleged sexual abuse scandal.

"Black sheep of politics" was STAR's headline, referring to the leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu who, the paper said, had "added to his shabby behaviors".

The paper strongly criticized Kilicdaroglu, saying he used unethical and immoral words against Family and Social Policies Minister Sema Ramazanoglu.

In a parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday, Kilicdaroglu attacked the minister over recent reports into alleged sexual abuse of minors in the Karaman province of central Anatolia.

The case focuses on allegations that a teacher sexually assaulted a number of underage male students attending educational courses in apartments in Karaman.

CUMHURIYET wrote that Kilicdaroglu stood behind his words about the family minister who, the paper says, "backed the Ensar Foundation", which allegedly rented those apartments.

So far, the Ensar Foundation has denied any link with the accused teacher except for his limited duty as volunteer in 2013, before any reports of child abuse.

Following the incident the ruling party and three opposition parties agreed to launch a probe into the abuse cases.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also lashed out at Kilicdaroglu, HABER TURK reported.

"I return his words to him. His language will be recalled with shame," the paper quoted him as saying.

"Impudent," was the headline of YENI SAFAK, which wrote that women’s associations and politicians criticized the CHP leader strongly.

Ramazanoglu called on the public and CHP members to take a stand against Kilicdaroglu, the paper reported.

"On behalf of all women, I strongly condemn these unfair and unlawful remarks which are beyond the limit," MILLIYET cited the minister as saying.

Ramazanoglu will also take legal action, the paper added. 

Most newspapers also reported on calls by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to revoking terror supporters' Turkish citizenship.

The story made headlines in AKSAM: "Let's expatriate," the paper wrote.

"We need to be decisive, to take all necessary measures, including stripping citizenship to deactivate terrorist organization supporters,” the paper quoted Erdogan as telling a group of Turkish attorneys at a meeting on Tuesday.

The president said that supporters of terror "are not even our citizens."

Erdogan said that there is no difference between a terrorist and an academic or a journalist, politician, or civil servant "if they are working under the terror organization," VATAN wrote.

Erdogan said there is a legislative need to annihilate adherents of terrorism, the paper added.

The country has been facing terror problems since July 2015. Since then, over 350 Turkish security personnel have been martyred and thousands of PKK terrorists killed in operations across Turkey and northern Iraq.

On Tuesday, around 5,000 people attended the funeral of a lieutenant commander who was martyred in Monday's PKK attacks in southeastern Mardin province’s Nusaybin district, MILLIYET reported.

The anti-terrorist operations began in the district on March 14, and since then 163 terrorists were “neutralized” while hundreds of improvised explosives were destroyed, according to Mardin’s Governor Office.

VATAN wrote that Devlet Bahceli, the leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), has called on the government to "give the people three days to evacuate Nusaybin and later wipe out it" in order to be completely freed from PKK terrorists.

The district can be constructed again in accordance with Turkish and Islamic architecture, the paper cited him as saying.

In other news, HURRIYET covered reports that personal information of over 46 million Turks had been hacked and shared on a Romanian-rooted website.

The information includes people's names, ID numbers, family names, birthplaces and addresses, the paper wrote.

A HURRIYET columnist warned people about this "greatest national security problem," suggesting that the ID numbers of all the people in Turkey should be changed.

Financial paper DUNYA says there has been an increase in the sales of securities in Turkey to foreigners in the first quarter of the year. Sales revenue reached nearly $2.7 billion, with $1.3 billion in February and the rest in March.

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