Turkish dailies on Monday focused on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks on ex-intelligence chief Hakan Fidan’s candidacy in upcoming general elections on June 7.
Fidan resigned from his post as head of the National Intelligence Agency – MIT –late on Friday.
MILLIYET quoted Erdogan: “I do not view Fidan’s candidacy positively.” The president was speaking to the media at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul ahead of his visit to South America.
The newspaper added: “I have also said this to Mr. Prime Minister before and this is a decision of the prime minister. I cannot interfere.”
VATAN ran the headline: “Didn’t view positively,” adding that Erdogan revealed his opinion about what the newspaper described as the “secretive” Fidan for the first time.
Reporting on the same story SABAH said Erdogan criticized remarks from opposition parties about Fidan’s standing for parliament.
"Just as every public servant has the right to resign and become a candidate, the person at the top of the intelligence service can resign and become a candidate if a political party nominates him," Erdogan was quoted as saying by SABAH.
Turkish newspapers also covered new raids against police officers over purported illegal wiretapping.
HURRIYET said: “101 voice records in the drawer,” referring to two hard-disks found at the Istanbul police’s Anti-Terror Department which, it is claimed, included private conversations of high-ranking officials.
The newspaper said the suspects are accused of illegally wiretapping then-prime minister Erdogan, Hakan Fidan and other senior figures, including ministers.
Turkish police on Sunday detained 16 police officers out of 21 suspected of involvement in illegal eavesdropping.
YENI SAFAK says that this wiretapping took place between 2011 and 2013.
Earlier, Istanbul’s public prosecution office issued warrants for the 21 suspects on charges of "illegal wiretapping and espionage" as part of an ongoing “parallel state” operation.
Turkish officials blame U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen and his Hizmet movement for masterminding a plot to overthrow the elected Turkish government via its supporters in the judiciary, police and other institutions, calling it a “parallel state.”
Monday’s newspapers also covered passing away of veteran classical singer Muzeyyen Senar, 96, in Turkey’s western province of Izmir.
“Farewell to republican-era diva,” AKSAM said. The newspaper added Senar, who sang for Turkey’s founding leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, took to the stage for the last time in 2004.
The legendary singer died of health complications resulting from pneumonia.
YENI SAFAK said the funeral ceremony of Senar, who had more than 30 albums, would take place in Istanbul on Tuesday.