Turkish parliament postpones debate on ex-ministers

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Debates on a motion to set up a parliamentary inquiry committee to investigate four former ministers accused of corruption have been postponed to next week, said AK Party Parliamentary Group Chairman Ahmet Aydin on Tuesday, Anadolu Agency reported.

Former economy minister Zafer Caglayan, former interior minister Muammer Guler and former urbanization minister Erdogan Bayraktar resigned while former EU minister Egemen Bagis was discharged in a cabinet reshuffle after an anti-graft probe was launched on December 17 last year.

The former ministers submitted an application to the parliament speaker for the formation of a parliamentary committee in March and the main opposition Republican People's Party has made four separate applications to Turkey's parliament for an inquiry.

Aydin said they will withdraw the ruling AK Party's motion for the former ministers; however, they will make another motion which contains more detailed claims against the former ministers.

"The new motion will be debated at the general assembly next week," said Aydin.

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