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Turkey's economy, interior ministers resign following sons' arrests in corruption scandal

In this photo taken late Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, Turkey's Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan, right, Interior Minister Muammer Guler, center, and EU Affairs Minister Egemen Bagis speak at the Esenboga Airport in Ankara, Turkey. Guler and Caglayan resigned from their posts on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, days after their sons were arrested in a massive corruption and bribery scandal that has targeted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s allies and has become the worst crisis in his decade in power. Caglayan and Guler both stepped down on Wednesday, despite denying any wrongdoing. (AP Photo)
December 25, 2013 - 12:11 AM

ANKARA, Turkey - Two Cabinet ministers whose sons have been arrested in Turkey's corruption and bribery scandal have resigned.

Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan and Interior Minister Muammer Guler both stepped down on Wednesday.

Their sons are among 24 people who have been arrested in Turkey on bribery charges in a police corruption probe that has targeted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's allies.

Erdogan has denounced the corruption probe as a foreign plot to thwart Turkey's rise and to damage his government ahead of local elections in March.

The opposition had demanded the dismissal of the ministers.

News from © The Associated Press, 2013
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