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Turkey's PM Erdogan vows to "liquidate" treachery at home and abroad

Published on Apr 8, 2014 9:41 PM
 
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, local elections had given him a mandate to "liquidate" the enemies he sees as contriving a corruption scandal and would go after their international activities and sources of funding. -- PHOTO: AFP

ANKARA (REUTERS) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday local elections had given him a mandate to "liquidate" the enemies he sees as contriving a corruption scandal and would go after their international activities and sources of funding.

In his first parliamentary speech since his ruling AK Party dominated March 30 municipal polls, Mr Erdogan said "traitors" responsible for a stream of graft allegations and the illegal tapping of thousands of phones would be brought to account.

Mr Erdogan accuses Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, a former ally now based in the United States, of orchestrating the graft scandal to undermine him. Mr Gulen's Hizmet network claims millions of followers and holds influence in the police and judiciary.

Mr Erdogan has accused the movement of running a "parallel state", spying on thousands of government officials over years and leaking manipulated recordings in a bid to unseat him ahead of last month's elections.

 
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