Turkey: Government reshuffle after ministers quit

December 25, 2013 • Business

In this photo taken late Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, is flanked by his wife Emine Erdogan, right, and Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan, left, as he addresses supporers at the Esenboga Airport, Ankara, Turkey. Interior Minister Muammer Guler and Caglayan resigned from their posts on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, days after their sons were arrested in a massive corruption and bribery scandal that has targeted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s allies and has become the worst crisis in his decade in power. Caglayan and Guler both stepped down on Wednesday, despite denying any wrongdoing.(AP Photo)

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday reshuffled his Cabinet after three key ministers resigned over a sweeping corruption and bribery scandal that has targeted his allies and rattled his government.

Erdogan replaced Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan, Interior Minister Muammer Guler and Erdogan Bayraktar, the minister for the environment and urban planning. All three men’s sons were detained as part of the corruption investigation. They all deny any wrongdoing.

Erdogan also replaced the minister in charge of relations with the European Union who was also implicated in the probe but had not resigned.

In all, Erdogan replaced 10 ministers, including three who will contest mayoral elections in March.

The corruption probe is one of the biggest political challenges Erdogan has Login to read more

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