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Feb 25, 2014

Turkish PM’s office says Erdogan recordings are fake

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s office described as a dirty immoral fabrication voice recordings purporting to reveal Erdogan telling his son to dispose of large sums of money on the day police raided houses in a graft inquiry into his government.

The recording posted on YouTube, whose authenticity Reuters could not verify, marked a sharp escalation in a graft crisis Erdogan’s government says has been concocted by a U.S.-based cleric seeking to undermine his 11-year rule by using influence in the police and judiciary.

Feb 18, 2014

Turkey’s Gul approves law tightening Internet controls

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish President Abdullah Gul approved a new law tightening control of the Internet on Tuesday in a move bolstering embattled Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan but raising concerns about free speech.

The legislation, along with a law increasing government influence over the judiciary, is seen by Erdogan’s critics as an authoritarian response to a corruption inquiry shaking his government, a bid to stymie court cases and to stop leaks circulating online.

Feb 18, 2014

Turkey’s Gul seen approving tighter control of Internet, courts

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s president has signaled he will approve new laws tightening controls over the courts and the Internet, bolstering embattled Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan but deepening concerns about free speech and the rule of law.

The two bills, passed by parliament this month and awaiting President Abdullah Gul’s approval, are seen by Erdogan’s critics as an authoritarian response to a corruption inquiry shaking his government, a bid to stymie court cases and to stop leaks circulating online.

Feb 11, 2014

Turkish editor hits out at media coercion under Erdogan

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A top Turkish mainstream newspaper editor has openly decried widespread government pressure on the media, in an unusually blunt outburst against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s leadership months ahead of elections.

Erdogan is facing one of the greatest challenges of his 11-year rule as he battles a graft scandal he sees as orchestrated to unseat him, while fighting an open feud with an influential U.S.-based cleric whose followers say they number in the millions.

Feb 3, 2014

Turkish government fights graft scandal with probe of ‘parallel state’

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey is launching a criminal investigation into an alleged “parallel state” backed by a U.S.-based cleric and accused by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan of orchestrating a corruption scandal to unseat him, senior Turkish officials said.

A close ally of the cleric accused the government of conducting a campaign of ‘incitements and lynchings”.

Jan 30, 2014

Insight: Fight for Istanbul likely to shape Turkish political landscape

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Immaculately coiffed with a camera-ready smile, Mustafa Sarigul’s composure cracks a little as his campaign bus swings towards Istanbul’s old city walls.

Two months before elections which could reshape Turkey’s political landscape, the main opposition candidate for mayor of its biggest city is taking the fight to a bastion of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamist-rooted AK Party.

Jan 30, 2014

Fight for Istanbul likely to shape Turkish political landscape

ISTANBUL, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Immaculately coiffed with a
camera-ready smile, Mustafa Sarigul’s composure cracks a little
as his campaign bus swings towards Istanbul’s old city walls.

Two months before elections which could reshape Turkey’s
political landscape, the main opposition candidate for mayor of
its biggest city is taking the fight to a bastion of Prime
Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamist-rooted AK Party.

Jan 23, 2014

Turkey’s eurobond a boon amid political and market turmoil

ISTANBUL, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Turkey received a vote of
confidence in its underlying economic health on Thursday, with
foreign investors lapping up a $2.5 billion eurobond issue even
as a corruption scandal swirled and the central bank intervened
to prop up the lira.

The graft investigation, one of the biggest threats to Prime
Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s 11-year rule, has shaken Turkey in
recent weeks, helping send the lira into a tailspin and
heightening uncertainty ahead of elections this year.

Jan 22, 2014

Turkish judicial purge brings corruption investigation to halt

ISTANBUL, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Turkey’s purge of the judiciary
and police has brought a corruption investigation shaking the
government to a grinding halt and could undermine confidence in
state institutions, senior legal figures and the opposition said
on Wednesday.

Ninety-six judges and prosecutors were reassigned overnight,
the biggest purge of the judiciary since a graft scandal erupted
on Dec. 17 with the arrest of businessmen close to Prime
Minister Tayyip Erdogan and three ministers’ sons.

Jan 14, 2014
via FaithWorld

Erdogan may prevail against Turkish preacher G├╝len, but at high political cost

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(An ad with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan inside a metro train in Istanbul January 13, 2014. The slogan reads as “strong willpower”. REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan looks to have the upper hand in a civil war rocking Turkey’s political establishment, but his bid to break the influence of a potent Islamic cleric could roll back reforms and undermine hard-won business confidence.

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