• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

President orders fraud probe checks

PRESIDENT Abdullah Gul has ordered state auditors to assess Turkey's ability to combat corruption, including in the construction sector, amid a fraud investigation that has implicated senior elected officials.

Mr Gul also said he had instructed the State Supervisory Council to examine regulations governing the tapping of communications.

In one of the biggest challenges of his 11 years in office, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is battling a series of allegations that he, members of his family and senior government officials took bribes and engaged in other improprieties.

Mr Erdogan, a popular leader whose party has been elected three times since 2002, has accused a United States-based Islamic cleric, Fethullah Gulen, and his followers of concocting the charges to sway voters ahead of a local election this month.

Mr Gul, a co-founder of Mr Erdogan's centre-right AK Party, has come under pressure to speak out on the corruption scandals.

Contextual targeting label: 
Local government

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.