Third Turkish Minister resigns amid corruption scandal

Third Turkish Minister resigns amid corruption scandal
# 25 December 2013 13:22 (UTC +04:00)

Baku – APA. One more Turkish Minister has resigned amid corruption scandal. APA reports that following Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan and Interior Minister Muammar Guler, Environment and Urban Planning Minister Erdogan Bayraktar also resigned. He also announced his resignation from the Parliament.

Erdogan Bayraktar told NTV that the Prime Minister exerted pressure on him to submit his resignation: “I can explain everything about me reflected in the investigation. In fact, the Prime Minister is authorized to dismiss any Minister. However, I don’t accept the pressure like “resign and issue a statement that will relieve me” amid bribery and corruption operation. As all construction plans mentioned in the investigation regarding me were approved by Erdogan. Thus, I announce my resignation from Cabinet and Parliament. I believe the Prime Minister should also resign. I convey my respects to my nation.”

Bayraktar’s son Abdulla Oguz Bayraktar was arrested as a result of bribery and corruption operation carried out by Istanbul police on December 17. The court didn’t sentence him to pre-trial detention and released him.

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