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Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan and Interior Minister Muammer Güler announced their resignations this morning. CİHAN photo

Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan and Interior Minister Muammer Güler announced their resignations this morning. CİHAN photo

Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan, Interior Minister Muammer Güler and Environment and Urbanization Minister Erdoğan Bayraktar announced their resignations on Dec. 25.

The first announcement came hours after Çağlayan returned from a trip to Pakistan, where he accompanied Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

“It is clear that the operation that was launched on Dec. 17 is a dirty [game] against our government, our party and our country,” Çağlayan said in a written statement. “I have left my duty as the economy minster to spoil this ugly game in which my son and my close aides were implicated and to allow the facts come out."

"I presented my resignation verbally to the prime minister on Dec. 17 [the date his son was detained in the corruption operation]. Today I presented it in writing," Muammer Güler said in a statement. 

The high-level graft probe has shaken the political establishment, exposing a bitter feud between the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government and the Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, whose followers hold key positions in the police, judiciary and secret services. 
Twenty-four people have been arrested under the corruption investigation that hit Turkey last week, including the sons of Interior Minister Muammer Güler and Çağlayan. 
In response, approximately 70 police officers, including the powerful head of Istanbul’s force, have been sacked or moved to different posts.



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Çılgın Kanarya

12/26/2013 5:43:01 PM

Ha ha ha!!! Yet another classic howler from OZ_MAN! "You cannot have record growth in economy through corruption". Oh really, Ozzy? Even if you just take a couple of the world's fasting growing, emerging economies, like India and Brazil, go and ask any Indian or Brazilian and they'll tell you that their political elites are absolutely riddled with corruption! It's well known that you can't get anything done in these places without paying a bribe! Same here with AKP. Oz_man cometh, logic leaveth!

mara mcglothin

12/26/2013 3:48:05 PM

OZ MAN You always have "assistants" investigating superiors when they are committing illegal acts. Wake up already!

Oz_man .

12/26/2013 11:44:36 AM

Law of accounts regulation was cancelled months ago. 70 police have been fired for acting outside the rules of their jobs and acted independently of their superiors. In any workplace there is a chain of command. You can't have assistants investigating seniors. What many of you people don't understand is the people know Erdogan for 11 years now. You cannot have record growth in economy through corruption. Sour grapes because 11 years have passed and there is no real challenge.

ilker avni

12/26/2013 1:48:31 AM

Like tired out old sheep ready for the slaughter,R.I.P AKP PARTY.

Sam Adam

12/25/2013 7:24:01 PM

I am truly shocked. These ministers have given out their positions to spare their country a lot of distraction. I hold them in high respect and I hope their countrymen would do, too.

Jim Phipps

12/25/2013 6:46:43 PM

This proves that the Turkish Government is rotten to the core.

Falk Bernard

12/25/2013 6:13:08 PM

AKP sided with the snakes (Gulenists) when they prosecuted many innocents with fabricated stuff (in Ergenekon and other trials), now it's their turn to taste their poison. Only the army can save them now.

Mark Tak

12/25/2013 6:13:04 PM

Like I said yesterday at this Hurriyet, they should resign and they did and if there are more Erdogan should fire them also,time for new energetic educated modern memebers to this cabinet, it si time for Egemen Bagis to resign, he is not well respected,in European circles.it is time to go after Ayatollah Gulens finacial empire in Turkey, there are Gulen members in AKP.I am sure like Bayraktar and Gunay they will stab Erdogan in the back,AKP has to act fast and get rid of these Gulen AKP's

american american

12/25/2013 5:56:38 PM

ozzie, you observational skills are as lacking as your reading ones. they are crooks since they have interfered in a corruption probe, fired and transferred police, denied any wrong doing, stirred up tensions, and blatantly lied to their constituents about what was going on. that is guilt and if they were clean, they are accomplices now. you are off your rocker - no one asked for the 'opposition' to take over, just for the guilty to step down, which now includes erdogan for aiding and abetting.


12/25/2013 5:42:05 PM

Why did Guler resign if all his son did was to arrange a bribe and that's not illegal, as he said yesterday? (You can't make this stuff up.)
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