Turkish crisis deepens as three ministers resign

Developing Just Leadership

Crescent International

Safar 22, 1435 2013-12-25

Daily News Analysis

by Crescent International

Turkey is gripped by a corruption scandal whose roots are entirely political. Foreign players such as the American CIA and the Zionists are also involved through the secretive character Fethullah Gulen who runs a multi-billion enterprise across the world. Claiming to be a spiritual man, his links cast deep suspicions on his activities. Will the latest crisis in Turkey expose his true nature?

Istanbul, Crescent-online
December 25, 2013, 11:39 EST

Swirling for more than a week, the corruption scandal in Turkey has taken on strong political overtones with the resignation of three cabinet ministers today.

The three are Interior Minister Muammer Guler, Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan and Environment Minister Erdogan Bayraktar. They submitted their resignations in writing to Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan today.

The sons of the three ministers together with dozens of businessmen as well as head of the government-owned Halkbank were arrested for their alleged involvement in corruption on December 17.

Prime Minister Erdogan denounced the arrests a “dirty operation” whose aim, he said was to smear his administration and undermine the country’s progress. He also warned ambassadors of other countries, especially the American ambassador Francis Ricciardone Jr (without naming him), to stop meddling in Turkey's internal affairs. He said if they didn't, they would be sent home.

In another twist, Environment Minister Bayraktar while handing his resignation also announced quitting his post in parliament. He called for Erdogan also to resign.

Bayraktar told Turkish television NTV that the government had pressured him to resign.

Economy Minister Caglayan denounced the investigations a “dirty set up” against Turkey and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). He said he was resigning in order to disrupt what he calls a “set up”.

“I am stepping down from my post as economy minister so that this ugly game targeting my close colleagues and my son will be spoiled and the truth will be revealed,” Caglayan said.

The crisis is linked directly to Fethullah Gulen who has a significant following in Turkey. He has set up hundreds of schools throughout the country that are used as recruiting centers for his movement.

Gullenists have penetrated the police force and the judiciary and it was these elements that carried out the raids against people close to the government, prompting Erdogan to charg that they have set up a “state within a state”.

Living in Philadelphia since 1999, Gulen has close links with such CIA figures as Graham Fuller, a former analyst for the American spy agency. Fuller supported Gulen’s application for the American green card.

Gulen also has deep links with the zionists. It is believed that the zionists want to punish Erdogan for his refusal to normalize relations with the Zionist regime and his efforts tomend strained relations with neighbors Iran and Iraq.

While the arrests have embarrassed Erdogan, it has also exposed Gulen’s activities. There are bound to be repercussions against his movement that has penetrated state structures so deeply.

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