The Power Struggle Between Turkey’s Two Leaders Heats Up

Posted 2014-01-11  – (AFP) — The deepening corruption scandal shaking Turkey’s political establishment seems to have pitted Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan against his longtime political ally President Abdullah Gul, observers say.

Although the two leaders have never openly positioned themselves against each other, they now seem to have trouble concealing the discord between them over the role of the judiciary in the high-profile graft probe that poses the most serious challenge to Erdogan’s 11 years in power.

“It would not be a surprise if Gul, who is in favour of a stance that prevents the row from becoming more ‘bloody’, threw more weight behind the issue,” said Oral Calislar, a columnist for the liberal daily Radikal. Read more: