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2 Turkish Ministers Step Down amid Graft Scandal

World | December 25, 2013, Wednesday // 11:07| Views: 698 | Comments: 0
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Bulgaria: 2 Turkish Ministers Step Down amid Graft Scandal Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to "break the hands" of rivals who used the inquiry to undermine his rule. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan and Interior Minister Muammer Guler have resigned after their sons were charged amid a corruption inquiry.

A total of 24 people have been charged as part of the investigation, including the head of state-owned Halkbank.

Caglayan's son Kaan and Baris Guler, the interior minister's son, have both denied accusations of involvement in bribery relating to urban development projects and the allocation of construction permits.

The economy minister, in his statement, said he was stepping down "so that all the light may be laid on this ignoble operation that targets our government". It was obvious the police raids had been a "set-up", he added.

Muammer Guler had earlier argued there were no legal grounds for his son's arrest for bribery as he was not a public official, the BBC reninds.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to "break the hands" of rivals who used the inquiry to undermine his rule.

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