Thursday, 26 December 2013

Turkey: “Three daddies ousted”

Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan, Interior Minister Muammer Güler and Environment and Urbanization Minister Erdoğan Bayraktar resigned on December 25, after facing face bribery and corruption allegations, reports Hürriyet in Istanbul.

Their sons were arrested on December 17, in a vast anti-corruption operation by Istanbul police.

Prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reshuffled his government on the same day. According to the daily, he formed a "war cabinet":

Güler has been replaced by Prime Ministry Undersecretary Efkan Ala, who is one of Erdoğan’s closest aides. Nihat Zeybekçi assumed the ministerial position left vacant by Çağlayan while İdris Güllüce was appointed as the new Environment and Urban Planning minister.

Seven other ministers have switched places in yesterday's reshuffle.

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