TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on FEB. 26

Dailies dedicated their front pages on Wednesday to an alleged voice recording which PM Erdogan describes as a "fabrication".

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on FEB. 26

Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

Turkish dailies on Wednesday covered a voice recording which the Turkish Prime Ministry said was fabricated by a "parallel state." The voice recording features Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan talking to his son on December 17, 2014, when a number of business people as well as sons of three former cabinet members were detained in a high-level anti-graft investigation.

The December probe and the alleged voice recording are part of an ongoing political struggle between the Turkish government and a movement headed by U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen.

"Parallel state" is referred to describe a 'state within state' which the Turkish government says is associated with Gulen's 'Hizmet' ("Service") movement.

The Hizmet movement allegedly has members within the Turkish police and judiciary, allowing it to control certain parts of the judicial and law enforcement establishments.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed in late 2013 that the country's democracy was under threat from the Hizmet movement.

Daily SABAH cited remarks by Erdogan in a parliamentary group meeting on the front page, quoting "This attack in not against Recep Tayyip Erdogan, or the chairman of the AK Party, but it is an attack against Turkey and its prime minister."

Daily YENI SAFAK and AKSAM, covering the same issue, highlighted Erdogan’s speech in which he said the tape recording was "an immoral montage and completely untrue."

Daily TURKIYE carries the headline "We will bring legal action against this shameless activity," quoting Erdogan as telling his lawmakers.

Daily MILLIYET reports that Turkey’s opposition leaders lashed out at the prime minister over the voice recordings. Main opposition Republican People’s Party's leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu and far- right Nationalist Movement Party leader Devlet Bahceli claimed that the government had lost its legitimacy and called on Erdogan to step down.

Last Mod: 26 Şubat 2014, 13:23
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