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Three Turkish Cabinet ministers
resign amid corruption investigation

Los Angeles Times, by Glen Johnson

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Posted By:SoCalGal, 12/25/2013 11:08:03 PM

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — Three senior ministers in Turkey´s Cabinet resigned Wednesday as a secret 14-month corruption investigation of bid rigging and bribery intensified, threatening to topple the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP. The graft inquiry presents the most serious challenge to the legitimacy of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan´s government since opposition protests six months ago. The investigation has netted millions of dollars in cash stashed away in shoe boxes, exposed sanctions-breaking deals with Iran and revealed bribes paid to allow construction in protected areas. Outrage has morphed into protest, with thousands taking to the streets over the weekend after

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 12/25/2013 11:09:52 PM     (No. 9667903)

FTA:

The investigation has widely been interpreted as part of a rift between the AKP and supporters of the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose supporters are believed to have penetrated the Turkish police and judiciary.

Erdogan and Obie have been "friends". What will this do to that relationship?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: annie xango, 12/26/2013 12:13:44 AM     (No. 9667928)

BHO sure can pick ´em, can´t he!!!!! I hope he doesn´t pick your favorite team in the Super Bowl....!!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Spidey, 12/26/2013 3:14:09 AM     (No. 9667960)

Hopefully,morning papers run early in Hawaii so Obama can find out about this.

I seem to remember,not that long ago really,that Turkey and Israel were doing some joint operations and all of a sudden they stopped.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: JediJerry, 12/26/2013 3:34:17 AM     (No. 9667963)

Corruption in the Turkish government?! Say it ain´t so O!!!!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Doctor P, 12/26/2013 7:55:26 AM     (No. 9668050)

How many have resigned in the Obama administration?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: earlybird, 12/26/2013 10:31:28 AM     (No. 9668218)

The kind of stuff that must give Obie the shakes. Too close for comfort.

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