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3 Turkish ministers resign over graft probe

English.news.cn   2013-12-25 22:19:47            

ANKARA, Dec. 25 (Xinhua) -- Turkey's Environment and Urban Planning Minister Erdogan Bayraktar on Wednesday resigned over a major graft probe and called on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to quit, private Dogan news agency reported.

Bayraktar joined Interior Minister Muammer Guler and Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan who announced their resignations earlier Wednesday.

Most of amendments on construction plans mentioned in the probe had been approved by the prime minister, Bayraktar said in a televised interview Wednesday, adding that Erdogan should also resign in order to placate the country.

The environment minister also noted that he resigned not only as a minister but also as a parliamentary deputy of the ruling Development and Justice Party (AKP).

Nearly 50 people, including some prominent businessmen close to Erdogan and sons of the three ministers, were detained last week as part of the probe into tender fraud and bribery allegations.

Twenty-four of them, including the sons of Guler and Caglayan, have been charged.

The investigation exposed a bitter feud between Erdogan's government and an influential U.S.-based Muslim cleric, Fetullah Gulen, who wields clout in police and judiciary, according to local media.

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