Arab Today, arab today erdogan brands graft probe ugly antigovernment plot
Last Updated : GMT 11:57:29
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Erdogan brands graft probe ugly anti-government plot

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Erdogan brands graft probe ugly anti-government plot

Ankara - AFP

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan charged Wednesday that the detention of dozens of people in a high-profile graft probe was an "ugly" operation against his government. Five police chiefs have been sacked in the wake of the dawn raids on Tuesday which led to the arrest of the sons of three ministers and several top business leaders, sending shockwaves through Turkey's political establishment. The operation has exposed deep fractures in Erdogan's traditional support base, particularly a bitter feud between his government and an influential Muslim cleric who wields considerable clout in the police and the judiciary. Political tensions are running high in Turkey ahead of a a series of elections starting next year that will pose a key test for Erdogan after the anti-government unrest in June. Erdogan branded the graft probe an "ugly operation" against the government. "We will not allow political plotting," he told reporters in Ankara. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said five police chiefs had been dismissed after the raids in Istanbul and Ankara that led to the detention of 51 people. "The judicial process should be concluded swiftly and carefully," Arinc told reporters after a closed-door meeting with Erdogan and several ministers. "We will always respect any decision made by the judiciary and will not engage in any effort to block this process," he added. Those detained are suspected of numerous offenses including accepting and facilitating bribes for development projects and securing construction permits for protected areas in exchange for money, as well as gold smuggling and money laundering, according to press reports. Among the suspects are the sons of Interior Minister Muammer Guler, Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan and Environment Minister Erdogan Bayraktar along with the chief executive of state-owned Halkbank Suleyman Aslan and construction tycoon Ali Agaoglu. Police also seized $4.5 million in cash hidden in shoe boxes in Aslan's home, the Dogan News Agency reported, citing judicial sources. "We believe our ministers are innocent," Arinc said, adding however that the government was ready to dismiss them if necessary. "If there are corruption or money laundering allegations, the judiciary must shed light on them." According to press reports, one probe centers on Azerbaijani businessman Reza Zarrab who is suspected of bribery to disguise illegal gold sales to Iran via Halkbank. Arinc branded the police operation a "psychological war" against Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) but he did not specify who was behind the "very planned" campaign. The government has vowed to root out corruption, a chronic problem in Turkey particularly in the booming construction industry. But there is speculation it is linked to a very public dispute between Erdogan's government and a former ally, the influential Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. Gulen lives in exile in the United States, but his organization wields considerable influence in several arms of Turkey's state apparatus including the police, secret services and the judiciary and also runs a network of private schools. The Gulen movement was a key AKP supporter, helping it to win three elections in a row since it first took office in 2002. But government plans unveiled last month to close down a network of private schools run by Gulen's Hizmet movement appear to have shattered the alliance. "It would not be wrong to see the latest bribery operation... as a new phase in the Gulen-government battle," political analyst Rusen Cakir commented. But the AKP said it would not bow to any threats. "The AKP takes its strength neither from dark forces, nor from the other side of the ocean, nor from dirty alliances," AKP deputy leader Salih Kapusuz was quoted as saying by the Milliyet newspaper. Signs of discord between Gulen and Erdogan had emerged in 2012 over the role of Turkey's spy chief Hakan Fiden and relations deteriorated during the mass protests that rocked the country in June. The demonstrations bruised Erdogan's image, highlighting concerns about what critics say is his increasingly authoritarian policies and efforts to impose his conservative Islamic values on society. Although Erdogan remains the most powerful figure in Turkish politics, commentators say the feud with the Gulen movement has the potential to cause splits within his own party. Erdogan and the AKP face key tests in local polls in March, a presidential ballot in August and legislative elections in 2015. Two AKP lawmakers have quit the party in the past few weeks because of their opposition to government policies.

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today erdogan brands graft probe ugly antigovernment plot Arab Today, arab today erdogan brands graft probe ugly antigovernment plot

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Hats, scarves add beauty to women

GMT 19:10 2017 Friday ,17 February

Hats, scarves add beauty to women
Arab Today, arab today Tourist guide reveals methods of tourist attractions

GMT 17:46 2017 Saturday ,18 February

Tourist guide reveals methods of tourist attractions
Arab Today, arab today To release new antiques collection

GMT 20:33 2017 Friday ,17 February

To release new antiques collection
Arab Today, arab today Air raid kills eight women, child

GMT 06:42 2017 Friday ,17 February

Air raid kills eight women, child
Arab Today, arab today Murder of 2 reporters in Dominican Republic

GMT 22:45 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Murder of 2 reporters in Dominican Republic
View News in Arabic - Business: نفط وبتروكيماويات
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Kidogo provides childcare for underserved

GMT 20:24 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Kidogo provides childcare for underserved
Arab Today, arab today Tragic fluctuations of Bakhtiari's life revealed

GMT 06:50 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Tragic fluctuations of Bakhtiari's life revealed
Arab Today, arab today London to tax old cars

GMT 14:06 2017 Friday ,17 February

London to tax old cars
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today Competes Sweden and Germans by S90

GMT 22:36 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Competes Sweden and Germans by S90
Arab Today, arab today Porsche reveals new 2018 Panamera

GMT 17:31 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Porsche reveals new 2018 Panamera
Arab Today, arab today Actress Nadeen Al Rassi views art as her entity

GMT 07:30 2017 Saturday ,18 February

Actress Nadeen Al Rassi views art as her entity
Arab Today, arab today Teach monkeys to recognize themselves in mirror

GMT 20:41 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Teach monkeys to recognize themselves in mirror

GMT 07:05 2017 Friday ,17 February

Singer Diana Karzon will issue a new album soon

GMT 06:40 2017 Friday ,10 February

MP calls for removing text from Islamic story

GMT 13:16 2017 Tuesday ,14 February

First fashion model with Down syndrome

GMT 10:26 2017 Tuesday ,14 February

Emergency UN meeting in Harare

GMT 14:04 2017 Tuesday ,14 February

"Lagom" new Swedish concept in interior design

GMT 12:07 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Bite-mimicking malaria vaccine

GMT 09:03 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Tour guide praises women’s beaches

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 21:42 2017 Sunday ,12 February

Rania al-Ghazali designs candles of bubbles
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday