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Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slammed 'some people backed by dark circles, gangs, media or capital owners,' speaking at a mass opening ceremony in KonyaDec 17. AA photo

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slammed 'some people backed by dark circles, gangs, media or capital owners,' speaking at a mass opening ceremony in KonyaDec 17. AA photo

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan avoided commenting on the detention of three ministers’ sons, several public servants and a number of well-known businessmen over corruption allegations, saying the end of the legal process should be concluded first.

“It would not be right for me to speak before the legal process is finalized,” he said, while answering reporters’ questions after a mass opening ceremony in the Central Anatolian province of Konya.

In a speech he delivered at the ceremony earlier in the day, the prime minister had defied “some dark circles” that he claimed to be “threatening the nation.”

“Turkey is not a country that can have operations or surgeries performed on it. The AK Party [the Justice and Development Party] leadership will not permit that,” Erdoğan said, possibly referring to the morning’s operation.

The prime minister was not informed about the operations and learned about it only when the detainments started, daily Hürriyet reported, quoting an unnamed source from Ankara.

“Some people have guns and weapons, tricks and traps, but we have our God and that is enough for us. The nation is enough for us,” Erdoğan said in his speech.

“They can stoop to whatever ugly methods they would like or engage with dirty alliances, but we will not bow to any threats, I will repeat this one more time here,” the prime minister said, reasserting his confidence in the “nation’s will.”

He went on to slam “some people backed by dark circles, gangs, media or capital owners,” saying they “will not manage to draw the direction of Turkey.”

“The seal is in the hands of the nation,” Erdoğan said, also challenging groups to “attend the elections” if they intend to defeat the government.

“Whoever has a score to settle and feels confident, there is a [local] election on March 30. They shall enter elections and encounter the nation there. Neither the nation, nor we, will give permission to those who seek to settle their scores outside the ballot box. Turkey is not a banana republic,” he said.

“Nobody from outside or inside can stir up troubles in my country, nobody can set up ugly traps,” Erdoğan added.

December/17/2013

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Wewomen kennedy

12/18/2013 10:35:49 PM

"dirty alliances?!" Like Erdogan thugs laundering money for Iran? Or selling Turkey's oil assets to Russia? Or selling public parks for development into shopping malls? Or arming extremists to terrorize Syrians? Or handing NATO secrets to China? Or fermenting troubles with the Kurdish or Iraq? Or installing thought police on college campuses? Or jailing reporters for asking a question he finds insulting? Or have police shoot gas at faces? lErdogan is the Sultan of dirty alliances

american american

12/18/2013 12:59:57 PM

ahahahaha...mehmet is udderly confused. muslims = corruption...no it can't be, it must be someone else. face it dude, you guys are bad, too. tehehehe

american american

12/18/2013 12:56:01 PM

rimon, it is a fistik republic

sam stevens

12/18/2013 9:43:41 AM

Now you can see why the 'meister' doesn't want educated youth running amok, he prefers them to be ignorant & blind to what's going on in his government. I'd say these arrests are the best thing to happen in Turkey for years…….I wonder if Mr Erdogan is having sleepless nights ?

Ian Daniels

12/18/2013 9:13:06 AM

Well said Wishingstar 35.

Murun Buchstansangur

12/18/2013 8:14:17 AM

What was Erdogan's reaction when his own son ran over and killed a woman by running a red light while driving without a licence. Who whisked the nineteen year old out of the country when the trial took place? No fate is too dark for this man.

Agnes Smith

12/18/2013 5:05:32 AM

'Nobody from outside or inside can stir up troubles in my country, nobody can set up ugly traps,” Erdoğan added - oh guess what Tayip - you just did...

Agnes Smith

12/18/2013 5:01:52 AM

MEMHET UD - I presume your written is better than your reading (which isn't great, either or). And according to you we should wipe out the human race if it is not according to AKP.....

Agnes Smith

12/18/2013 1:55:43 AM

And what about his own family to be included.... hopefully soon. The truth will be told at last. Oh, and then where do we go when there is no interim state control provided by the military - hello chaos, but no military. Second thought, lets let them all out of prison or third guess police state control - but we are getting used to that.

John Smithicks

12/18/2013 12:14:24 AM

Alt aslanoglu claims that the only way to stop Erdogan is with the Hizmet contributions. I'd prefer it was done by the votes of the electorate. That's kinda what i meant by getting our democracy back... you are right though, someone does need to learn to communicate effectively to the pious about democracy, diversity, individuality, meritocracy, etc. Maybe our pious millions are too used to the disrespectful paternalistic shouting of the akp or the torpil shenanigans of the hizmet :-)
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