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Three Cabinet Ministers Resign in Turkey

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Three Cabinet Ministers Resign in Turkey


WSJ, Dec. 25, 2013

Three Turkish cabinet ministers resigned over a high-profile corruption case that has rattled the country’s political landscape and markets.

Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan and Interior Minister Muammer Guler, whose sons have been jailed pending trial as part of the graft investigation, submitted their resignations to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, officials said. Environment and Urban Planning Minister Erdogan Bayraktar joined them hours later.

While the economy and interior ministers joined the premier in condemning the bribery investigation as a plot to weaken the ruling Justice and Development Party, Mr. Bayraktar said Mr. Erdogan forced the resignations.

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