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Erdoğan Bayraktar (R) greets ruling AKP supporters in Trabzon on Dec 22. DHA photo

Erdoğan Bayraktar (R) greets ruling AKP supporters in Trabzon on Dec 22. DHA photo

Environment and Urban Planning Minister Erdoğan Bayraktar announced his resignation from Cabinet and Parliament today, further calling on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to resign to ease the turmoil over a continuing graft investigation that has gripped the country. 

Bayraktar joins Interior Minister Muammer Güler and Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan, who also announced their resignations earlier on Dec. 25. 

Bayraktar said most of the amendments on construction plans mentioned in the investigation had been made with Erdoğan’s knowledge. He also added that he received pressure to submit his own resignation.

“With your permission, I want to make very short statements in the form of a press statement,” Bayraktar said during a live broadcast on the private channel NTV, while noting his innocence in the claims stemming from the Dec. 17 probe.

“It is of course a right and an authority for Mr. Prime Minister to work with whichever minister he wants and to remove whichever minister he wants from office. But I do not accept the pressure being put on me which says, ‘Resign because of an operation in which there are statements of bribery and corruption and release a declaration that will relieve me,’” Bayraktar said.

“I do not [accept that] because a big part of the zoning plans that are in the investigation file and were confirmed were made with approval from Mr. Prime Minister,” he said. 

Declaring that he resigned from both Parliament and the Cabinet, he said, “For the sake of the well-being of this nation and country, I believe the prime minister should resign.”

December/25/2013

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mike alexander

12/26/2013 7:01:59 PM

alexandros daLezios, I agree with you 100%. It will take Turkey another 100 Years to become a Democratic Country at the European level. However, I do not think it is because of the Micro-Asian (Western) Turks. It is because of the Asian Turks who live 100 Years behind the westernized Turks and fortunately they are the majority of the Turks. They are the ones who vote for the status quo. If you travel the Central/East/South Turkey, you'll understand what I mean. Regards.

mara mcglothin

12/26/2013 3:49:12 PM

Misery does love company! If some are going down, they will force the others too as well.

Brian Irlanda

12/26/2013 11:31:37 AM

But Mark Tak, according to one of the resigned ministers, Erdogan is the Godfather of the gang. He gave the ok for everything. He may have collected his own "commission" on each approved project. Who knows? What do trees or people matter if one can fill ones own bank account with Euros and USD? He will be in the court in handcuffs before the end of 2014... if he doesn't escape.That is guaranteed. His greed and avarice got the better of him. The dark forces he talks about are in his own mind.

isik pamir

12/26/2013 9:53:16 AM

After having seen Gulen on internet,HITLER- wise cursing on PM,(it is really scary !!) maybe recent scandal would give opportunity to PM to clean up State from gulen"s staffs..every body has to wait final result of the investigation, no one should talk from hat...but in Turkey ,it is national habit to act like that...

Murat

12/26/2013 5:44:08 AM

Well, maybe we should be grateful that Hoca Efendi is able to do what the miserable opposition is not capable of doing.

Misses Ataturk

12/26/2013 1:29:49 AM

ErdoGO! Your time has come and you are all dried up. Corrupt good for nothing man, you are ruining this beautfiul country. Go!

Hans-Joachim "Terrorist" Zierke

12/26/2013 12:29:19 AM

Pawel Bury, NO. The people of Turkey have to fight that out. It's their country and their future.

Black Berry

12/25/2013 10:28:54 PM

Bayraktar is pretty clear implicating Erdogan, I guess he has told him if I go down you come with me. The Ak party is finished, let's hope the Justice Party will soon be facing Justice, they can have a Justice Party in jail.

Laz Kemal

12/25/2013 7:53:45 PM

I am sure the ministers’ kids will be OK. Let’s not forget in 1998 Erdogan’s son Ahmet at age 19 while driving in Istanbul hit singer Tanyurek who was in a pedestrian walkway. She later died in the hospital. Ahmet went to England to “learn English” and while in England he was found not guilty by those who reportedly got nice government jobs later. Erdogan was just a mayor at the time, imagine his power now.

Landos Landos

12/25/2013 6:45:21 PM

When is Egemon Bagis resigning????
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