Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan greets his supporters during a meeting of the ruling AK Party (AKP) in Ankara January 24, 2014. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Friday to divulge a file of corruption allegations against the main opposition candidate for Istanbul mayor, raising the stakes in a political battle after a graft investigation implicating his own government.Erdogan, speaking to party members in the capital Ankara, also accused a key business leader of "treason" for saying the government's efforts to reform the judiciary might unnerve investors and deter foreign capital from coming to Turkey.Erdogan called on Kemal Kilicdaroglu, chairman of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), to disclose what he called corruption allegations in a party file against Mustafa Sarigul, the CHP's candidate for Istanbul mayor in March muncipal elections.CHP Deputy Chairman Haluk Koc, responding to Erdogan, said:Erdogan lashed out at Yilmaz, saying such a warning amounted to a threat against the government.
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