Former Turkish interior minister leaves ruling party

Photo: Former Turkish interior minister leaves ruling party  / Turkey

Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.25

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Former Interior Minister of Turkey Idris Naim Shahin has left the ruling party, Turkish Milliyet newspaper reported on Dec.25.

The reasons for leaving the party are unknown, according to the newspaper.

Three Turkish ministers named in the corruption scandal, Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan, Interior Minister Muammar Guler and Minister for Urban Development and Environment Erdogan Bayraktar resigned from their posts.

Turkish police conducted special operations in Istanbul and Ankara on Dec.17, resulting in the arrest of 52 people that includes businessmen and sons of some ministers.

The businessmen are accused of corruption, smuggling and selling drugs.

Among those detained were the sons of some ministers, who are the members of Turkey's ruling party - Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan's son, Salih Kaan Caglayan and Interior Minister Muammar Guler's son, Baris Guler and Minister for Urban Development and Environment Erdogan Bayraktar's son, Oguz Bayraktar. All three were detained on suspicion of corruption.

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 conducted at Halkbank's office.

Mustafa Demir and Ali Agaoglu were released on Dec.21.

Translated by L.Z.

Edited by S.M.

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