Turkey PM calls corruption probe 'dirty' political plot

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has denounced a corruption inquiry as a “dirty operation” against his government.

Some 52 people – including three sons of cabinet ministers – were arrested in dawn raids on Tuesday in connection with a high-profile bribery inquiry.

Five police chiefs who oversaw raids in Istanbul and Ankara were sacked for “abuse of office”, Mr Erdogan said.

“We will not allow political plotting,” the prime minister said.

Commentators in Turkey believe the arrests – and subsequent firings – are evidence of a new dramatic fault-line in Turkish politics, one within the AK Party itself, the BBC’s James Reynolds reports.

The feud is believed to involve supporters of Fethullah Gulen, an influential Islamic scholar living in exile in the US who once backed the ruling AK Party, helping it to victory in three elections since 2002.

Members of Mr Gulen’s Hizmet movement are said to hold influential positions in institutions from the police and secret services to the judiciary and the AK Party itself.

In recent months, the alliance began to come apart and in November the government discussed closing down private schools, including those run by Hizmet.

BBC

  • Reasonableman

    Bravo erdogan, hand out justice the way its supposed to be given out with no fear of the backlash.

    • Patience2

      Maybe he should just retire and move to Egypt.

    • hezzies are terrorists

      Isn’t that what asshead did? It’s a corruption inquiry, if he has nothing to hide then he shouldn’t be worried.

      • Reasonableman

        True it could be him hiding something and if it is it wont be long before he gets a knock on his door,

  • Reasonableman

    Bravo erdogan, hand out justice the way its supposed to be given out with no fear of the backlash.

    • Patience2

      Maybe he should just retire and move to Egypt.

    • hezzies are terrorists

      Isn’t that what asshead did?

      • Reasonableman

        True it could be him hiding something and if it is it wont be long before he gets a knock on his door,

  • 5thDrawer

    Wonder what the ‘Curriculum’ of the private schools is, VS the state ones ….
    Can they share Libraries ??

  • 5thDrawer

    Wonder what the ‘Curriculum’ of the private schools is, VS the state ones ….