Turkish ex-ministers to speak on corruption inquiry

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

ANKARA - Two former ministers in Turkey's government will attend parliament when it discusses the formation of an inquiry, looking into corruption charges against them. 

Zafer Caglayan, Muammer Guler and former environment minister Erdogan Bayraktar resigned while former EU minister Egemen Bagis was discharged in a cabinet reshuffle after an anti-graft probe was launched on December 17, 2013. 

Former interior minister Guler told the AA that he would exercise his right to address parliament while the motion for an inquiry is being debated. Former economy minister Caglayan will also address the parliament.

The former ministers submitted an application to the parliament speaker for the formation of a parliamentary committee in March and the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) has made four separate applications to Turkey's parliament for an inquiry. 

AK Party MPs are expected to reject the CHP applications but grant the application made by the four former ministers.

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