Muhammet Cetin, lawmaker for Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), gestures while announcing his resignation on January 31, 2014 in Ankara. (AFP PHOTO/ADEM ALTAN)
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A deputy of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AK Party accused the government Friday of "protecting thieves" and resigned from the party over purges of police and judiciary involved in a corruption investigation.Turkish media reported that at least 700 more police officers had been reassigned over the investigation portrayed by Erdogan as part of a plot to undermine the country's economy and his government.A similar shake-up in the judiciary has left the fate of the corruption investigation unclear, with some 200 prosecutors and judges reassigned, halting an investigation that Erdogan has called a "judicial coup".The removal of the prosecutors was part of a reshuffle in which some 90 prosecutors were reassigned by newly appointed Istanbul chief prosecutor Hadi Salihoglu.
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