TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on MAR. 06

Turkish dailies on Thursday dedicate their front pages mainly to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks on the 'parallel state', his response to allegations over his interference in judicial process, his reply to whether he will continue in politics as prime minister should the AK lift the three-term restriction on MPs, and the latest developments in Ukraine's Crimea crisis with Russia.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on MAR. 06

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Turkish dailies on Thursday dedicate their front pages mainly to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks on the "parallel state", an organization nestled within governmental institutions, his response to the allegations over his interference in the judicial process, his reply to whether he will continue in politics as prime minister, should the AK lift the three-term restriction on MPs, and the latest developments in Ukraine's Crimea crisis with Russia.

Daily STAR covered an allegation from Erdogan that the "parallel state" blackmailed businessmen with wiretapped recordings to force them into contributing to build "Gulen schools". Fetullah Gulen is a U.S.-based preacher in self-imposed exile whose followers allegedly established an organization in the judiciary and police force. Reportedly, he and his followers run a wide network of private schools and tutoring centers, called "Gulen schools".

Daily SABAH quoted the Turkish premier as saying "more filth to follow" referring to the wiretapping and blackmailing allegations and he added that those responsible will be called to judicial account after the local elections on March 30th. He pointed to the "parallel state" and its network in the judiciary, the police force and a governmental technology institution as those responsible.

Daily MILLIYET headlined "Quite Natural" referring to a wiretapped phone call allegedly between Erdogan and former Justice Minister, Sadullah Ergin. The recording features prime minister telling his minister to speed up a case over a media mogul, Aydin Dogan. Erdogan's urging to speed up the case was criticized by opposition and seen as the government's intervention into a judiciary process. Erdogan said his demands for closer scrutiny over the case from his minister was "quite natural."

Daily VATAN featured Erdogan's signalling at lifting a AK Party's three-term restriction on members of parliament to stand for election if the party demands. According to AK Party's internal regulation, a deputy from the party cannot serve more than three electoral terms. There are 73 MPs who possibly will face the restriction in the 2015 general elections.

Daily RADIKAL reported the U.S. and the EU's boosting a diplomatic resolution over the Ukrainian crisis with Russia.

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