Turkey’s Trade Minister Faces Allegations of Nepotism

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s trade minister has been accused of favoring her husband’s company in government tenders.

Oda TV reported over the weekend that the Trade Ministry purchased disinfectants worth 9 million liras ($929,000) from two companies owned by Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan’s husband. On Monday, lawmaker Ali Oztunc of the opposition Republican People’s Party put the matter on parliament’s agenda, formally asking Pekcan whether the alleged sale complied with rules governing state tenders and whether she directly ordered the purchase of the supplies.

Pekcan’s office did not immediately comment.

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