TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON APR 8

Turkish dailies on Friday cover Turkey's main opposition leader’s remarks in the ongoing row over recent sexual abuse scandal in Karaman

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON APR 8

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish dailies on Friday mainly covered the main opposition leader's reaction to the president's criticism against him over his harsh remarks for the family minister, which he made in the context of the recent student sexual abuse scandal in central Karaman province.  

Addressing a press conference Thursday, Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said: “Where were you when those children were abused?”

According to HABERTURK, Kilicdaroglu added: “Did you speak when those children were abused in Karaman?”

HURRIYET’s headline read: “Row builds up”.

Kilicdaroglu accused the Family and Social Policies Minister, Sema Ramazanoglu, of remaining silent over the scandal.

"The governor does not speak, the police chief [or] education minister does not [speak]. The family minister also does not speak," the CHP leader told his party's group meeting on Tuesday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded to Kilicdaroglu’s comment by accusing of him being a “political pervert”.

“Face-to-face,” was CUMHURIYET’s headline, reporting that the spat escalated polarization in Turkey.

According to the daily, supporters of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party and the CHP exchanged harsh comments during a protest in western Izmir province, forcing security forces to form a “police wall” between the two groups.

SABAH said that many lawsuits have been filed against Kilicdaroglu over his comments on Ramazanoglu.

“Political black sheep,” was YENI SAFAK’s headline, saying that Kilicdaroglu’s rermarks drew severe criticism.

Many dailies also covered Davutoglu’s comment on his ties with Erdogan.

VATAN reported the premier as saying that there was not even a minor difference between the views of the two leaders.

“When you put side-by-side my comments and the president’s comments, you will not see any slightest difference in the context of determination in the fight against terror,” Davutoglu told reporters accompanying him on his visit to Finland.

MILLIYET, YENI SAFAK, and HABERTURK used similar coverage to report Davutoglu’s comments.

Davutoglu returned to Turkey on April 6.

Meanwhile, MILLIYET reported that Mustafa Tanriverdi, head of a Turkish state weapons factory, was caught red handed after he allegedly sold the design and production plans of some guns. “Caught red-handed,” was MILLIYET’s headline.

“Tanriverdi handed over a USB flash drive that contains classified information to a buyer. He was arrested while he was leaving a restaurant [where he met with the buyer] with bags full of money,” MILLIYET said.

He sold the design and production plans for an MP-5 sub-machine gun for 200,000 Turkish liras (US$70,000) and a MPT-76 national infantry rifle for $300,000 to an official working for a U.S. firm.

“Traitor,” was YENI SAFAK’s headline, while HURRIYET said: “Secrets Sold”.

Tanriverdi appeared before the court late Thursday and was remanded in custody.

Last month, Ahmet Davutoglu was presented with a prototype of infantry rifles, which would be mass produced this year. 

Last Mod: 29 Nisan 2016, 13:02
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