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Erdogan stirred, not shaken, by corruption vote

AKP mavericks who voted against the party line to impeach four former ministers are facing accusations of treachery and will most likely be weeded out of the party before June elections.
Former European Affairs minister Egemen Bagis (R, rear row) and former Environment and City Planning minister Erdogan Bayraktar (L) attend a debate at the Turkish parliament in Ankara January 20, 2015. The parliament is due to vote on Tuesday on whether to commit four former ministers, including Bagis and Bayraktar, for trial over corruption allegations. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW) - RTR4M6MI
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In the Turkish parliament this week, a majority of deputies from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) voted to prevent four former ministers from being impeached at the Supreme Council on charges of corruption, in a victory for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

It was not, however, the flawless victory Erdogan wanted, as a larger than expected number of AKP deputies voted the other way, resulting in accusations of treason being leveled at the maverick deputies, and fueling speculation of a split within the AKP ranks.

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