Nowadays, Ankara's hot topic is the August 2014 presidential election. Abdullah Gül's much-debated statement of "I do not have any political plans for future" is considered an indicator of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's candidateship for the presidency. And Erdoğan's statement, "People will elect their president on August 10," is interpreted as his determination to reside in the presidential palace. This also caused further interpretations that if he is elected, he will exercise the presidential authority to the full extent and rule the country as if in a presidential system.
Therefore, discussions are more circulated around the question of who will be the next prime minister rather than who will be the next president. As you can remember, I touched upon this question in last week's column. In that article, I stated, "There are three underlying principles behind the question of who will be the next prime minister.
These are conformity with Erdoğan in the presidential palace, decisiveness to remove the Gülen Movement's structure and the objective of maintaining reformist nature of the AK Party." I also explained that if the three-term rule is added to these criteria, the number of the candidates for prime ministry would be very few.
Last week something happened to reinforce this thesis. Erdoğan came together with deputies to ask their opinions about the next president and three-term rule through a questionnaire. Now I would like to give information that is not shared with the media. While the deputies stated they would like to see Erdoğan in the Çankaya's presidential palace, they objected the removal of the three-term rule. This means that the three-term rule will not be removed and many deputies who completed their third terms will suspend their posts for a term and the AK Party will move on with different names.
It is anticipated that this hot topic will be overshadowed by a series of new developments in upcoming days. Here, I am referring to the illegal wiretappings that occupied Turkey's agenda fully and was released with the intention of manipulating politics before the March 30 local elections. It seems the election results and relative normalization made the public forget the wiretapping scandal. However, the wiretapping probes are being conducted ceaselessly. As the investigations deepen, the extent of scandals comes to light.
Formerly, it was known many politicians, statesmen, judges, prosecutors, journalists and authors were wiretapped with an illegal warrant.
The judges were giving blind approvals to wiretapping lists that were presented by the police. Within this framework, many journalists were eavesdropped on under the suspicion of terrorism and belonging to gangs. Previously unaware of these operations, politicians and journalists were shocked to see their names on the list of those who were wiretapped under the suspicion of terrorism. Later, it became known these illegal wiretappings were conducted with the intention of blackmailing the victims.
All of this came to light when the Prime Ministry Inspection Board launched an investigation into the Telecommunications Communication Presidency (TİB), the center for legal eavesdropping, following Dec. 17 operation.
Now I would like to introduce a new discussion that will strongly influence everyone in upcoming days. Information that circulates in the lobbies shows some serious findings about the wiretapping scandal will be divulged. The security bureaucracy has no doubts these illegal wiretappings are affiliated with the Gülen Movement's structure.
It is anticipated the new wiretapping findings will be deeper than the previous ones. Previously, the wiretappings were conducted with illegal verdicts. However, at this time, it is said that a list of thousands were targeted directly through the TİB, even without an illegal warrant. Accordingly, senior opposition politicians may have also been wiretapped by the Gülen Movement's structure that tried to control many in this way. When the victims of eavesdropping come up, everyone will be shocked. Prepare yourself to face new wiretapping scandals.