Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.14
by Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Democracy in Turkey is under threat, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during a speech at the session of the ruling Justice and Development Party, TRT Haber TV Channel reported on Jan.14.
Erdogan said that the so-called anti-corruption operations conducted in Turkey are directed not only against the ruling party, but also against the entire country.
"If we do not stop the activities of the groups that want to weaken the government, these actions will be repeated in the future," Erdogan said.
The events in Turkey (anti-corruption operations) are attempts to overthrow the government and are directed at disrupting the municipal elections to be held in March.
Erdogan said Turkey will cope with these problems.
Turkish police conducted special operations in Istanbul and Ankara on Dec.17, 2013, resulting in the arrest of several dozens of people that include businessmen and sons of some ministers. The detainees are accused of corruption, smuggling and selling drugs.
Mayor of Istanbul's Fatih Municipality, Mustafa Demir, Director General of Turkish Halkbank Suleyman Aslan and well known entrepreneur Ali Agaoglu were arrested during the same operation by police. Searches were also conducted at Halkbank's office.
After a meeting with Turkish President Abdullah Gul in late December, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a new cabinet of ministers.
Translated by M.L.
Edited by C.N.