Calls for Erdogan to Resign Following Leaked Phone Conversation

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been implicated in a government graft scandal since December, 2013

ANKARA, Turkey (Euronews)—A voice recording said to be of a telephone conversation between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his son Bilal is at the center of the latest political storm in Turkey. In the conversation the pair allegedly discuss how to hide large sums of money on the day police raided houses as part of a corruption inquiry into Erdogan’s government on December 17, 2013.

Erdogan’s office described the recordings as a “dirty immoral fabrication.”

After the alleged leak, Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) held an emergency meeting where they discussed the voice recording. The CHP said the government has lost its legitimacy and called on Erdoğan to step down.

The executive board of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) also held a meeting under the leadership of chairman Devlet Bahçeli. Bahçeli said “the talks between the Prime Minister and his fugitive son are beyond our capacity of understanding.”

In the newly released voice recordings, it’s claimed Erdoğan and his son discuss in five wiretapped phone conversations plans to conceal huge sums of cash from police, who raided a number of venues as part of a corruption investigation that has implicated sons of three Turkish ministers, businessmen and the head of the state bank.

The Prime Minister’s office released a statement late on Monday, claiming that the voice recording is a “product of montage” and it is “completely false.” Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ repeated the claim and said those responsible will be brought to justice.

The voice recording is the latest in a series of leaked phone conversations that purportedly reveal wide-range corruption.

The Prime Minister claims that all these are a plot against his government and are completely unfounded. Pro-government newspapers yesterday published reports of what it claims were illegally tapped phone calls.

The political uncertainty hit Turkish markets, with the Turkish Lira losing value against the euro and the dollar.

Authors

Discussion Policy

Comments are welcomed and encouraged. Though you are fully responsible for the content you post, comments that include profanity, personal attacks or other inappropriate material will not be permitted. Asbarez reserves the right to block users who violate any of our posting standards and policies.

6 Comments

    • Alex Postallian said:

      Its truly sad,that a lot of our low-life politicians,have a FOR SALE,sign on their backs…..,.

  1. Alex Postallian said:

    Nobody in jerky turkey,got the guts to shoot the bum,so,THEY MUST LIKE IT.

  2. GB said:

    Rajab unloading Turkish delights from Midnight Express freighter, for those who admire him!

  3. chemasum said:

    Erdogan is a thief. How fitting that he is also the leader of Turkey, a nation of thieves.

*

Top