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Turkey: Erdogan victim of plays he describes as "hate attacks"

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Turkey: Erdogan victim of plays he describes as "hate attacks"



Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls the plays, of which he is the victim of a "hate attacks" to be punished.

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Political scandals succeed in Turkey. But for the first time, the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is directly and personally implicated. Since Tuesday, he is in the heart of the corruption scandal that splashes his regime after the broadcast of a telephone recording compromising, denounced as a fake and he described as a "heinous attack" to be punished. What has angered the opposition.

Conversation, widely circulated on the Internet on Monday, December 17. You can hear a man presented as the Prime Minister to advise another, described as his eldest son Bilal, heard as a witness by prosecutors in charge of anti-corruption investigation, to get rid of about 30 million, some hours after a police crackdown to dozens of close to the regime.

"Son, I want to tell you is to get everything that you have with you, okay?" Said the voice presented as that of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "What can I get my home? There is money that belongs to you," replied his companion.

The authenticity of the recording has not been independently confirmed.

"The end is near"

Soon spread, this intercept, yet another in a series that described previously direct Erdogan to the media pressures ignited social networks and forced the government to an immediate denial, for the first time.

"These records (...) are the product of an immoral assembly and totally false," responded the chief of staff of the government in a statement. "Those who are behind this dirty mounting to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey will be held responsible to justice," he added.

According to the Turkish press, Erdogan met urgently Monday night with Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay, his colleague of the Interior Ekfan Ala and the head of the Turkish intelligence agency (MIT), his trusted Hakan Fidan.

The opposition, which denounced for weeks corruption of the Islamic-conservative regime in power since 2002, was also held in the middle of the night and demanded the departure "immediately" the Prime Minister and the overnment who "lost all legitimacy. " Haluk Koc, Vice President of the main opposition, the Republican People's Party (CHP) provides that "Turkey can not continue on this path."

The leader of the Nationalist Action Party (MHP) Devlet Bahçeli has followed suit by announcing that "the absolute and certain end for Mr. Erdogan is very close" and insists that "justice must immediately launch an investigation."

The next presidential elections are in August

Erdogan was to address the midday his MPs during his weekly speech to Parliament. Coincidence or not, the publication of these recordings came hours after the revelations of two newspapers close to the regime accusing relatives magistrates of the brotherhood of Muslim preacher Fethullah Gülen to have bugged thousands of people, including Erdogan.

For weeks, the Prime Minister continues to accuse the influential organization M.Gülen, which was long his ally, to exploit anti-corruption investigations underway as part of a plot to destabilize before the municipal elections March and presidential August.

To regain control of the situation, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) Erdogan, a strong majority in the assembly, led unprecedented purges in the police and justice and pushed through controversial laws to tighten the control of the internet and reinforce the grip of power over justice. Which provoked demonstrations. Another disputed text was submitted to expand the powers of the MIT. It must be voted by the end of the week.

This new crisis affects not only politics of Turkey. Financial markets also reacted. At 9:30 GMT, the Turkish lira (TL) fell to 2.2125 per dollar LT and LT 3.0441 per euro, while the main index of the Istanbul stock exchange yielded 2.75% to 62,420.18 Points . The question is whether Erdogan will succeed him, not fall.

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