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The Zarrab case and corruption claims could bring Turkey’s elections forward

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Two separate processes have put additional stress on the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). The first is the ongoing case in New York, in which Turkish-Iranian gold trader Reza Zarrab revealed the details of a scheme that enabled him and his conspirators to bypass U.S. sanctions on Iran.

His testimonies touch on claims that Zarrab bribed former AKP ministers with millions of euros and dollars between 2011 and 2013. They also remind us of the December 2013 corruption probes that embroiled four ministers - former Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan, former EU Minister Egemen Bağış, former Interior Minister Muammer Güler and former Urban Planning Minister Erdoğan Bayraktar. In January 2015 the Turkish Parliament voted not to send them to trial thanks to a majority of AKP votes.

The second source of stress is the documented allegations initiated by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, which purport to show that President Recep........

© Hürriyet Daily News