Another Turkish MP Quits Erdogan's Ruling Party

World | December 31, 2013, Tuesday // 14:55|  views

The latest resignation has dropped the number of Erdogan's AKP seats in the Turkish parliament to 320 out of 550. Photo

Another lawmaker from the ruling Turkish AKP party has filed resignation from it in the wake of a major corruption scandal that has shaken the cabinet of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Bulgaria's Nova TV informs Tuesday that Hasan Hami Yildirim has quit the ranks of Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP).

He had blasted the government for pressuring magistrates over the graft investigation

A number of well-known people in Turkey, including prominent businessmen and the sons of three ministers were arrested on December 17 on suspicions of bribes in construction projects and illegal money wires to Iran.

Erdogan repleaced 10 ministers, but the scandal has put a serious dent in his power and came close to his family as well. His son Bilal Erdogan is also under investigation for "establishing and belonging to a criminal organization for gain."

The Culture Minister and now 4 Members of the Parliament quit AKP in the aftermath.

Erdogan has repeatedly said he believes he is the real target of the probe, behind which he sees a scenario for the overthrow of power in Turkey. He has hinted that the attack came from supporters of an influential Turkish Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who lives in theUS.

In the aftermath, hundreds of people across Turkey walked out on the streets in Istanbul, Izmir, Adana and other cities calling for the PM's resignation.

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