Turkey prime minister blames foreign forces and the media for allegations of bribery against his government, accusing them of preparing ‘a trap’ to snare his ministers
Turkey’s flagship carrier Turkish Airlines has put an embargo on dailies affiliated with the Fethullah Gülen Movement
The Union of Turkish Bar Associations (TBB) has demanded cancellation of amendments regarding the secrecy of investigation to the Council of State
“Let our friends and foes know this. Whoever dares to harm, stir up or set traps in this country, whoever tries to touch our independence, we will come to break those hands,” he said.
And he practices what he preaches:
Bloomberg – Marc Champion – There are two reasons Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan may not survive the current government corruption scandals in Turkey. And if he does, the cost to the ‘Turkish model‘ will be enormous. The first is, well, the corruption charges
BuzzFeed – Mike Giglio – 12/20/13 1:54 AM – ISTANBUL, Turkey — Turkish prosecutors unveiled a sweeping anti-corruption campaign this week that reaches deep into the country’s conservative government. More that 50 people have been detained so far, many of them tied to Recep Tayyip
The lawmakers who were on a hunger strike in Parliament in order to protest the continued imprisonment of five BDP lawmakers ended their strike
Since 17 December, a political tsunami has shattered Turkey’s Pandora’s box into pieces, with seemingly little or no chance of repair. The sons of three ministers, an Azeri businessman, the CEO of a national bank, a mayor and a prominent housing contractor are the main actors involved in Ankara’s largest bribery investigation since the 1990s.
In a piece for BBC Turkce, journalist Sinan Onus went to Ankara’s Akdere neighborhood, a stronghold of AKP votes, and asked its Anatolian migrant residents what they thought of the corruption charges against AKP ministers and whether their attitude towards the party had changed. The answers were mixed, but one grocer’s metaphor struck me. He said, well, it’s a big party, so it’s not surprising that there will be some “waste”. “When you shop at the market often you’ll find in a couple of kilos of fruit a few rotten ones.”
WSJ interview goes as far as Huffington Blog.
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Turkey: CHP Leader Says He Would Consider Stepping Aside for Sarigul
The head of Turkey’s leading opposition party said he might consider stepping aside for a more charismatic leader to better challenge the ruling party of Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, who is reeling from high-profile arrests of his party insiders on corruption charges.
Le Monde (France) samedi 21 décembre 2013, p. 4 Guillaume Perrier, Istanbul Correspondance Un homme d’affaires irano-azéri aurait réalisé des transferts de fonds entre la Turquie et l’Iran. Un homme d’affaires irano- azéri de 29 ans, marié à une chanteuse de variété turque, est au centre du scandale politique qui ébranle le pouvoir turc depuis