[ View the story "Unraveling Turkey's deep state" on Storify] Unraveling Turkey's deep state Has Turkey's corruption scandal exposed a hidden power struggle?
The Stream· Tue, Jan 07 2014 11:15:51
A corruption investigation with claims of bribery, illegal money transfers, and possible links to high-ranking ministers is fueling one of the country's biggest political controversies in years. The allegations come just ahead of Turkey's local elections in March.
At least 25 people have been detained on suspicion of bribery and fraud,
police chiefs and cabinet ministers have been replaced, and late Monday night 350 police officers were fired.
Shortly after the scandal broke on December 17, anti-government
protests erupted around the country demanding that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan step down.
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the corruption probe and insists that his government is not at fault. He also blamed the accusations on a
or shadow political network trying to destabilise the country.
@RecepT_Erdogan: Turkey is facing a very ugly process, hiding under the cloak of a corruption case, targeting of modern Turkey and its national control.
تركيا تواجه عملية قبيحة للغاية تتخفى تحت عباءة قضية فساد، تستهدف تركيا الحديثة وإرادتها الوطنية.Recep Tayyip Erdogan
@RecepT_Erdogan: The current issue in Turkey is not only about corruption, but also about a form of creating gangs within the state.
القضية الحالية في تركيا ليست ملف الفساد فحسب، بل هي بمثابة خلق شكل من أشكال العصابات داخل الدولة.Recep Tayyip Erdogan
refers to the idea that an unofficial and semi-secret group of people work behind the scenes in the judiciary, government and law enforcement agencies to form a parallel governing structure.
In Turkey, once there was the "derin devlet" (deep state); now there is the "paralel devlet" (state within state).Louis Fishman
These are not the first corruption allegations in Turkey. There were similar cases in the near history of Turkey, you could fabricate allegations and pull the government down. However keep in mind that Turkey is not the former Turkey, the government is not like the former governments and Turkish economy is not fragile anymore. Also Turkish people are patient, they will stand behind AK Party Government until all these conspiracy theories are dissolved.İpek Coşkun
that followers of Islamic cleric
hold influential positions within this "deep state".
@AJStream whoever touches the new 'elites' of the state, gets retailation. Gov. is mocking with Turkish people's mindasdfg
believe that Gulenists, who were once allies of Erdogan, have engineered the corruption probe in retaliation for shutting down their private schools or ' dershanes' in Turkey.
These ministers in #Turkey could be corrupt. The question is, why now? The timing is too close to decisions made about #dershane #GulenThe War Journal
"'Open secret' that the corruption charges exploded as a result of a rift between the #AKP and the #Gülen movem."
Others question the level of influence that the Gulenists have on the government:
What many #Turkey analysts don't understand is that the #Gulen movement is not a 'legitimate political actor' that can oppose the governmentYusuf Selman İnanç
Some critics online have criticised Erdogan's response to the corruption investigation as heavy-handed.
@AJStream. Erdogan's despotic leadership coupled with his obstructionist attitude is fuelling the allegations of govt corruption in #Turkeyalhaji hamidu chodi
AGREE...The governing Party is divided & the political future of PM #Erdogan, with his despotic style of leadership, is in jeopardy. #TurkeyTamer Yazar
The Stream asked its online community: In light of recent corruption allegations, what changes would you like to see from Erdogan's government?
@AJStream For starters, #Erdogan needs to quit having police attack protesters & journalists. Killing protesters is never a good thingHarris from the Post
@AJStream He should resign and let Turkey be a free, secular place. #wine #goodTelevision #porn #music #atheism #lgbtn8
@raisazaidi Abuses of the citizenry (minority voices), the press, and democracy are great reasons to go.n8
@AJStream he attacks on the judiciary to cover up the allegations.Gizem Z.
@AJStream the only change needed here is for #Erdogan to honourably resign just like some his cabinet members... #TurkeyTaha