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Three lawmakers resign from Turkey ruling party over corruption scandal

Published on Dec 27, 2013 11:20 PM

ANKARA (AFP) - Three lawmakers including a former minister resigned on Friday from Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) amidst a high-level bribery and corruption probe ensnaring close government allies.

The ruling party is being directed by "arrogance", said one of the lawmakers Ertugrul Gunay, who was a former culture minister, at a news conference, adding that he was parting ways with the AKP.

Another lawmaker Erdal Kalkan announced his resignation via Twitter. "This will not end here. Our honourable people see everything," he tweeted, referring to the corruption scandal that has involved the sons of former ministers and top businessmen.

AKP deputy Haluk Ozdalga also stepped down from the party.

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