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Erdogan swats aside mobster, stands behind interior minister

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan backs his interior minister, who has been facing allegations made by a Turkish mobster living abroad, and says he will not call early elections.
Erdogan speaks at parliament

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan finally broke his silence Wednesday on the barrage of explosive allegations leveled by a fugitive organized crime boss, calling them a plot against Turkey and standing firmly behind his interior minister, who is in the eye of the storm. In so doing Erdogan showed that mounting speculation that his government was tottering and would be forced to let Suleyman Soylu go was squarely wrong.

Speaking before members of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the parliament, Erdogan said, “We will foil these games, these plots. No one should doubt that we will disrupt this devious scheme.”

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