Turkish Prime Minister expected to run for president in August
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, expected to run for president in August, has signalled that he will intensify a purge of state institutions to curb the influence of an Islamic cleric he accuses of trying to topple him.
Erdogan used a speech on Sunday after a meeting of his ruling AK Party to make clear his battle with U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen is far from over.
Thousands of police officers and hundreds of judges and prosecutors have been reassigned and senior officials in state
institutions dismissed in what is widely seen as a move to stifle the influence of Gulen’s Hizmet movement.
Erdogan accuses Gulen, who has many supporters in the police, judiciary and state bureaucracy, of orchestrating a corruption scandal to try to unseat him and of establishing a “parallel structure” within the state. He has called on the United States to extradite Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999.