Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.18
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Ten ministers will be replaced in Turkey, Turkish Hurriyet newspaper reported on Dec.18.
The expected replacement of ministers is related to the recent corruption scandal.
The names of the ministers haven't been announced yet due to politics.
Today the ruling party held an extraordinary meeting in connection with the corruption scandal in Turkey, according to the newspaper.
Turkish police have recently conducted special operations in Istanbul and Ankara, resulting in the arrest of 52 people that include 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 members of Turkey's ruling party. They are Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan's son, Salih Kaan Caglayan, 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 and director general of Turkish Halkbank, Suleyman Aslan as well as famous entrepreneur Ali Agaoglu were arrested during the same operation by police. Searches were conducted at Halkbank's office.
Translated by L.Z.
Edited by C.N.