Three Turkish ministers have resigned over a high-level corruption crackdown in which the sons of three cabinet ministers and renowned businessmen were arrested.
Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan, Interior Minister Muammer Guler and Environment Minister Erdogan Bayraktar announced their resignations on Wednesday.
Turkey has been shaken by three sensational corruption investigations last week that led to dozens of detentions and 24 arrests of people ranging from influential business leaders to senior bureaucrats and the ministers’ sons.
Caglayan’s son Salih Kaan Caglayan, Guler’s son Baris Guler and Bayraktar’s Oguz Bayraktar were among those arrested in the sweep, which Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, called a “dirty operation” to smear his administration and undermine the country’s progress.
Zafer Caglayan, talking to Turkish television NTV on Wednesday, said that he was resigning his seat in the parliament along with his position in the cabinet.
He also criticised the government for putting pressure on him to step down, in exchange calling for Erdogan’s resignation.
“I am stepping down as minister and MP.. I believe the prime minister should also resign,” he said.
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