ISTANBUL, June 12 Several mid-tier managers at
Turkey's central bank have been removed, including the general
manager and his deputy and a private secretary to governor Erdem
Basci, sources familiar with the matter said late on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has frequently accused the
bank of doing too little to reduce borrowing costs.
The sources gave no reason for the dismissals, nor did they
say who had ordered them. The central bank itself declined to
Dozens of executives at bodies including the banking and
telecoms regulators and state TV have been fired since the start
of the year in what is seen as part of a power struggle between
Erdogan and the influential U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.
Erdogan blames Gulen, whose sympathisers say they number in
the millions, for a corruption inquiry that led to the
resignation of three cabinet ministers and the detention of
businessmen close to the government in December.
Many of those who have been fired are believed to be
associated with the cleric's Hizmet movement, which runs schools
and charities across Turkey and wields influence in institutions
including the police, judiciary and regulatory bodies.
(Reporting by Asli Kandemir; Writing by Nick Tattersall)