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Turkey: The Corruption Affair

For weeks the Turkish government has been rocked by a corruption scandal. During the course of investigations, ten government ministers have had to be replaced and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is coming under increasing pressure.

Erdogan survived the public protests against his government in Istanbul’s Gezi Park last spring when hundreds of thousands took to the streets. But now the protests are taking place behind the scenes: in courts of law, police stations and party headquarters. People are talking openly about a power struggle taking place within his Islamic Justice and Development Party. Allegations of political graft, and the illegal trade in gold and building permits are making the rounds.