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Turkish ministers quit

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 00:57

Dec. 25 - Turkey's Interior and Economy ministers resign after their sons were among 24 arrested on corruption charges. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Turkey's Interior Minister Muammer Guler, here third from the left, and the Economic Minister Zafer Caglayan, quit on Christmas eve. Each has a son among the 24 people arrested in a corruption inquiry involving the chief of state-run lender Halkbank. Neither minister's been implicated in the scandal and both say their children are innocent. Turkey's prime minister has responded to the investigation by purging police officers involved including the head of the force in Istanbul where Halkbank is based. Tayyip Erdogan's portraying the scandal as a foreign-orchestrated effort to sow seeds of discord in Turkey. The country's flourished economically during his three terms although the Islamist-rooted premier's been accused of authoritarianism. The affair has reignited anti-Erdogan sentiment among many Turks which had been simmering since a wave of mass protests against his rule earlier in the year.

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Turkish ministers quit

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 00:57