Star: “They are afraid Erdoğan will be elected,” said the headline of a front-page story covering statements from Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç. Commenting on a recent debate over adopting a presidential system, Arınç said, “If today there was no [Prime Minister] Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his powerful leadership and the concern that he would be elected in a [presidential] election, people might easily accept this system.”
Sabah: “Hollande wants the [Armenian genocide] denial law, too,” read the headline of one of the paper’s front-page stories, reporting on French president-elect François Hollande’s plans to propose another genocide denial bill which would make the denial of genocides punishable. “The Constitutional Council rejected that bill but I will propose a new, similar bill that will respect our constitution,” Hollande has said. The French Constitutional Council in February overturned a controversial bill that criminalized denying that the 1915 killings of Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire constituted genocide.
Yeni Şafak: “The wave including Saner the Impaler,” was the headline of the paper’s main story, reporting that retired Gen. Çetin Saner, who threatened to impale an interior minister during the Feb. 28, 1997 coup era, was among those detained on Tuesday. Detention warrants were issued for 17 active duty and retired military officers, as well as one civilian, on Tuesday in the fourth wave of operations in the investigation into the Feb. 28 coup. Saner said of Meral Akşener, interior affairs minister at the time: “Tell that woman to watch her step. Otherwise, we will impale her.”