Turkish PM accuses foreign forces of being behind graft probe

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ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday accused foreign forces of being behind the ongoing graft probe that hit the country last week.

Speaking to his deputies, Erdogan said that the investigation had “international dimensions,” implying foreign powers’ plot.

Erdogan denounced the probe as a “plot” by foreign and Turkish forces to thwart Turkey’s growing prosperity and discredit his government prior to local elections in March.

Some parties want to hinder major projects which the Turkish government recently initiated, the prime minister said, referring to the third airport project, the third bridge in Istanbul, along with the country’s third nuclear plant project under cooperation with Japan.


“Some media outlets, organizations and gangs in Turkey are spying in treason, which work for other’s interests, not Turkey’s,” said Erdogan.

Earlier on Wednesday, Environment Minister Erdogan Bayraktar, Interior Minister Muammer Guler and Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan announced their resignation amid the ongoing graft probe which shook the country. Bayraktar also called on Erdogan to quit. PNA

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