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Turkey's Erdogan says he is target of graft probe

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 26, 2013 at 10:59 a.m.

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Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his party members in Ankara, Turkey, on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013.

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's prime minister says he believes he is the ultimate target of a corruption and bribery probe of his allies that has shaken the government.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a group of journalists that anyone attempting to enmesh him in the scandal would be "left empty-handed." His comments were published in Hurriyet and Yeni Safak newspapers on Thursday.

Erdogan reshuffled his Cabinet on Wednesday, replacing 10 ministers hours after three ministers, whose sons were detained in relation to the probe, resigned. One of those ministers called on Erdogan to also step down.

The ministers' sons were questioned over the scandal focusing on alleged illicit money transfers to Iran and bribery for construction projects. Two of them were later arrested on bribery charges.

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