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Turkey's ruling party deputy resigns over graft scandal

English.news.cn   2013-12-31 20:03:36            

ANKARA, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- Turkish ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) Deputy Hasan Hami Yildirim on Tuesday announced his resignation in protest at the graft scandal.

The decision of Yildirim, also a member of parliament, comes on the heel of the resignation of another six lawmakers.

In a press conference in the parliament on Tuesday, Yildirim accused the AKP of covering corruption, contending that the government is intervening in the graft investigation.

Yildirim recently criticized the removal of the top prosecutor, Muammer Akkas, in the recent corruption and bribery case.

Akkas had protested against the pressure exerted by the government on the judiciary.

On Dec. 17, Turkey was rocked by the country's largest ever bribery investigation, in which sons of four cabinet members were detained and a huge amount of money was seized by authorities in their houses.

Soon afterwards, Environment Minister Erdogan Bayraktar, Interior Minister Muammer Guler and Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan announced their resignation. Erdogan then launched a major cabinet reshuffle.

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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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.

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