Wednesday’s newspapers heavily dedicated their front pages to a parliamentary vote in Turkey, where it was decided not to send ex-ministers to trial over alleged graft charges.
In December 2013, a graft scandal targeted sons of Turkish officials and businessmen, including four ministers at the time, but charges were later dropped in 2014.
The vote was held separately for former Urbanization Minister Erdogan Bayraktar, former EU Minister Egemen Bagis, former Interior Minister Muammer Guler and former Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan at Turkey’s Grand National Assembly in Ankara Tuesday night.
The three officials had resigned after the anti-graft probe, while Bagis was later replaced in a cabinet reshuffle.
MILLIYET ran with the headline, “They said no,” a reference to the parliamentary decision not to send the ex-ministers to trial over alleged graft charges.
The front page of VATAN said “And the curtain has been drawn,” adding that since the opposition was not able to get the necessary 276 votes, the judicial process is over.
HURRIYET said that in the vote for Caglayan, 242 parliament members voted in favor and 264 voted against sending the former minister to court.
In the vote for Bagis, 517 deputies participated, out of which 245 voted in favor, while 255 voted against sending the former minister to court.
In the vote for Guler, 513 deputies participated, out of which 241 voted in favor, while 258 voted against sending him to court.
Turkish dailies also focused on a police operation across four Turkish provinces on Tuesday over alleged illegal wiretapping as part of the "parallel state" operations.
Officials say encrypted phones belonging to senior Turkish leaders had been compromised.
Those affected include President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey's Supreme Court head Hasim Kilic, Chief of the General Staff Necdet Ozel and deputy PMs Bulent Arinc and Ali Babacan.
YENI SAFAK said “Operation in the headquarters,” since those held are from the country's Telecommunications Directorate and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.
MILLIYET said “TIB’s secrets uncovered.” The daily said that 24 people have been detained during the operation, adding that police analyzed 40,000 records that were seized at the TIB headquarters.
Turkish dailies also focused on remarks by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Turkey-Armenian relations.
The front page of Wednesday’s MILLIYET quoted Davutoglu: “Historical call for Armenia.”
The newspaper said that Davutoglu issued a message to mark the 8th death anniversary of prominent Turkish-Armenian journalist, Hrant Dink, who was assassinated in broad daylight in front of his office in Istanbul on Jan. 19, 2007.
According to the newspaper, he invited the “Armenian friends” to visit Turkey more often.
HABERTURK also said that Davutoglu described Dink as an "Anatolian intellectual."