Turkish army says it wants to stay out of politics
Turkish army says it wants to stay out of politics

Turkish military said it will not be dragged into politics amid a deepening corruption scandal that saw Prime Minister "Recep Tayyip Erdogan" reshuffle his Cabinet after three ministers, whose sons were detained as part of a probe, resigned.

The military's statement came after one of Erdogan's advisers raised the possibility in a regular column published in Star newspaper that the scandal may be a plot to trigger a coup. The government has already blamed the probe on a conspiracy to bring down the government.

Turkish military has staged three military takeovers since the 1960s but has seen its powers curbed under Erdogan's decade in power.

Critics accuse Erdogan of political maneuvering to prevent new arrests related to the probe, including the removal of police and judicial officials.

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