Resignation of Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül

Dhe Turkish Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül has drawn the necessary conclusions from the growing tensions with his opponents in the government and resigned from his post on Saturday. He announced his resignation with a dry message on Twitter, without giving any reasons.

Apparently the straw that broke the camel’s back was the release of security camera footage last week showing Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu dining with the British ambassador. The state-related media then accused Imamoglu, who is considered a possible candidate for next year’s presidential election, of not having taken care of his duties during last week’s snowstorm.

Gül criticized the fact that the surveillance camera images were published and said that this is how the members of Fetö, as the Turkish state calls the movement of the preacher Fethullah Gülen, acted in the past. The Turkish media reported that this comparison was met with fierce criticism in the presidential office, in the AKP and in the far-right MHP.

Disapproving remarks about Gul

Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu and MHP Chairman Devlet Bahçeli had previously expressed their disapproval of Gül. Soylu accused him of releasing a Turkish citizen who had insulted his mother, and Bahçeli attacked Gül because MHP-affiliated lawyer Hamit Kocabey from the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors, which oversees personnel decisions in responsible for the judiciary, had to resign.

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