“The coup initiated on December 17 has totally collapsed and has been beaten back.”
– RTE to his ruling AK party in parliament, referring to the date of the first of a series of police raids on businessmen and the sons of several cabinet ministers in connection with the probe,
The Turkish lira has been getting slammed as the country grapples with an anti-corruption probe.
“For those concerned about Turkey’s political crisis, Nomura’s senior political analyst Alistair Newton thinks ‘the risk to medium-term political stability is being overstated in some of the media – a tendency, which is likely to persist near-term as events continue to unfold.’
He expects the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) party to do well at the March 30 elections and expects Erdogan ‘to remain the dominant political figure for the foreseeable future, as either prime minister or the country’s first directly elected president.’”
A tiny fishing village called Garipce holds a clue to understanding the largest corruption scandal in Turkish history.
“‘The relationship between the construction industry and the AKP is straightforward: They get the big government contracts,’ said , a Turkish economist at Illinois State University in the town of Normal who studies corruption, via e-mail. ‘What is more important is their presence in Turkish media. These firms own the majority of the radio and television stations, and the AKP and Erdogan use these as propaganda machines.’
Sabah and other pro-government media call the probes politically motivated, rejecting any implications of corruption. Opinion pieces in the pro-Erdogan press don’t refute the allegations of corruption, arguing instead that these projects were awarded to speed up infrastructure investments, said Global Source’s Yesilada.”
The removal of the prosecutor, Muammer Akkas, is a new sign of a profound power struggle over Turkey’s judiciary and police forces.
“The prosecutor, Muammer Akkas, issued a condemnation of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government, accusing it of interfering in the judiciary and preventing him from carrying out his work.
Mr. Akkas said that the government had prevented the police forces from pursuing a new round of suspects in the widening inquiry. Among those suspects, according to several Turkish news media reports, is Mr. Erdogan’s son, whose name was on a summons that was leaked to the press on Thursday evening.
‘The judiciary has clearly been pressured,’ Mr. Akkas said in a written statement, charging his superiors with ‘committing a crime’ for not carrying out arrest warrants, and saying that suspects had been allowed to ‘take precautions, flee and tamper with evidence.’”
“3. Boğaz Köprüsü’nün projede belirtilen yerin dışında yanlış bir noktada yapıldığı ortaya çıktı. Aydınlık’tan Bekir Batu’nun haberine göre, köprüyle ilgili tüm imar planları Bakan Binali Yıldırım imzasıyla iptal edildi. Güzergâhta kesilen yüz binlerce ağacın da yok yere katledildiği anlaşıldı.”