Turkish PM replaces 10 ministers in spiraling graft scandal

Eurasia News

Ankara: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a major cabinet reshuffle, replacing 10 key ministers amid a widening high-level corruption scandal rocking his government, reports Turkish electronic media.

The move came late on Wednesday, shortly after the resignation of interior, economy, and environment ministers. Each of them had a son detained on December 17 in a long-running investigation into graft allegations involving state-run lender Halkbank.

After a meeting with President Abdullah Gul in Ankara, Erdogan has named 10 new ministers.

Among the high profile replacements is EU Affairs Minister Egemen Bagis, who is also accused of involvement in the corruption scandal.

Earlier on Wednesday, sacked Environment Minister Erdogan Bayraktar turned against the Turkish leader, urging him to step down.