Turkish Press Review - Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wednesday's dailies dedicate their front pages to Turkish PM’s remarks on ex-intelligence chief's resignation plus the election of a new chairman to the Turkish Constitutional Court

Wednesday's dailies dedicate their front pages to Turkish PM’s remarks on ex-intelligence chief's resignation plus the election of a new chairman to the Turkish Constitutional Court

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Wednesday's dailies dedicate their front pages to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s remarks on ex-intelligence chief's resignation plus the election of a new chairman to the Turkish Constitutional Court.

Both HURRIYET and MILLIYET quote the Turkish PM as saying "I have not changed my mind," a reference to his remarks over ex-intelligence agency chief Hakan Fidan.

Late on Friday, Fidan resigned his post as head of National Intelligence Agency to stand in the upcoming June 7 general elections, the prime minister's office said.

According to the dailies, Davutoglu said: "I have already stated my opinion. I have not changed my mind about Fidan's resignation."

In an interview broadcast from a private TV channel on February 5, Davutoglu praised Fidan as being "trustworthy and brave."

"He can achieve every job that he assumes [...] I am sure there will be many fields in which he can serve Turkey," said Davutoglu, adding that he would support Fidan and his every decision.

However, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that he did not approve of Fidan's candidacy for parliament.

Speaking to journalists on a flight to an official trip to Colombia, Erdogan said: "I assigned a person, whom I see as secretive, to the intelligence agency."

"It is very important who will be assigned [to the intelligence agency] because it is very clear what we have experienced during our struggle with the parallel state… Even if I am alone, I will carry on this struggle to the end," Erdogan said.

Turkey’s current government accuses U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gulen’s movement of forming an illegal foreign-linked "state within the state," mainly within the police and the judiciary, which has allegedly eavesdropped on thousands of people and seeks to topple the government.

In other news, Turkish dailies also cover the election of a new chairman to the Turkish Constitutional Court.

The country's highest court elected its new chairman Tuesday, replacing his predecessor Hasim Kilic, who had spent 25 years in the court.

VATAN runs with the headline: "Ends up in the first round." The paper says Zuhtu Arslan was elected won 11 out of 17 votes from members in the first round of elections.

"Arslan comes, Kilic retires," says HABERTURK. According to the daily, Kilic retired just after a new chairman was elected by fellow judges to replace him.

Speaking at a press conference in Ankara on Tuesday, the outgoing president said he decided to retire before his tenure ends on March 13 as he "wanted the new president to work more easily," avoiding a situation where Turkey's top court would have two heads.

The newly elected chairman will hold his position for the next four years.

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