World Bulletin/News Desk
President Abdullah Gul ordered state auditors on Tuesday to assess Turkey's ability to combat corruption, including in the construction sector, amid a graft investigation that has implicated senior elected officials.
In a statement on his website, Gul also said he had instructed the State Supervisory Council to examine regulations governing the wiretapping of communications.
"The president has given instructions... to assess the institutional and regulatory capacity regarding wiretapping in our nation and to determine what measures need to be taken to comply with the law ... (and to) research and inquire about the capacity to fight corruption," the statement said.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, a popular leader whose party has been elected three times since 2002, has accused a U.S.-based Islamic cleric, Fethullah Gulen, and his followers of concocting allegations to sway voters ahead of a local election this month.
In the statement it was said that Gul also ordered the DDK to investigate practices and regulations in admissions to high-level state positions such as judges, prosecutors and local governors as well as into practices and regulations concerning state secrets and the degree of confidentiality of these secrets.
The DDK has become increasingly visible and active in Turkey in the last few years. It has inspected matters concerning former President Turgut Ozal’s suspicious death in 1993; the controversy surrounding the 2009 helicopter crash that killed Muhsin Yazicioglu, the head of the Great Union Party (BBP); and the responsibilities of public servants with regard to the assassination of Hrant Dink, the chief editor of weekly Agos, in Istanbul on January 19, 2007.Last Mod: 04 Mart 2014, 14:48