25 December 2013
Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Güler and Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan announced their resignations this morning following the claims during the ongoing anti-corruption probe.
Çağlayan was the first to announce his resignation. He claims that the operation in December 17 was "a clear setup" against the government, AK Party and the country.
"I resign from my post in order to let the truth be revealed and to undermine attempts to defame my colleagues and my son" said Çağlayan. Çaglayans son was among those arrested within the scope of the corruption probe.
Half an hour later, Turkish Interior Minister Güler also announced his resignation. He told that he had offered his resignation a week ago to PM Erdogan.
"I had offered my resignation to Prime Minister in December 17. Today, I have submitted it in a written form" Güler told Anadolu Agency.
Their resignation have been being expected since December 17 by opposition parties and even some members of ruling AK Party. Last week, Minister of Finance Mehmet Şimşek said in his parliamentary speech that If I were in their shoes, probably I would resign myself.
Detention of the ones related with the corruption claims is still in the process. 52 officials and high-profile businessmen known to be close to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) were arrested due to fraud, bribery, and trading in gold. Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab who is married to famous Turkish singer Ebru Gündeş; renowned businessman Ali Ağaoğlu; General Director of Halk Bank, Süleyman Aslan; son of the Interior Minister, Muammer Güler; son of the Minister of Economy, Zafer Çağlayan; and many officials are among the detainees.