KAMIL – Nepotism in civil service appointments spreads to Turkish Airlines

Nepotism in civil service appointments spreads to Turkish AirlinesThe problem of nepotism in state appointments has reportedly spread to Turkish Airlines (THY), as children, relatives and friends of ministers, deputies and bureaucrats are being appointed high-ranking positions within the airline company.Opposition Republican Peopleand#39s Party (CHP) Deputy Chairman Haluk Ko released a list consisting of 85 state institution employees who were hired based on their connections with ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) ministers and deputies rather than on their scores on the State Personnel Examination (KPSS), during a press conference at CHP headquarters on Sunday.

Recently it was revealed that cases of nepotism have spread to THY and its subsidiary organizations.In stark contrast to Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoIluand#39s recent rhetoric denouncing nepotism and corruption, it has been revealed that AK Party ministers, deputies and bureaucrats close to the administration have engaged in acts of nepotism Burcu Guler, the daughter Muammer Guler, former interior minister who resigned after a major corruption probe went public on Dec.

17, 2013, has been working at THYand#39s aisory law department since 2009.Canan Canikli, the daughter-in-law of Nurettin Canikli, the current minister of customs and trade, is currently working at as a THY inspector It is also alleged that the head of flight training at THY, Sedat Iekerci, is the nephew of former President Abdullah Gul.

One of the most controversial names working at THY is the high-school-graduate nephew of President Recep Tayyip ErdoIan, Umut Sercan, who works as a civil servant in THYand#39s 2nd Region London Marketing and Sales Department. Additionally, Murat Gur, the nephew of Mehmet Gur — the head of the company that built ErdoIanand#39s villas in Istanbuland#39s uskudar district (MM Proje) — is working at the THYand#39s Dusseldorf branch.

Another important claim is that high school friends of Bilal ErdoIan, the presidentand#39s son, are receiving preferential treatment from the state. ERB Teknoloji ve BiliIim Hiz.

Iti, a technology and informatics company owned by Fatih BaII, the friend of both Bilal and Burak ErdoIan (Bilaland#39s older brother), won a tender to install security cameras in the Turkish Parliament, despite his firm being sixth on the list of contenders.In another case, Bilal ErdoIanand#39s friend Ibrahim Eren was appointed to the board of Turk Telekom, Turkeyand#39s largest telecommunications company.

Continuing to carry on his duties as a prime ministerial aisor, Ibrahim Eren was also working as the vice president of the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) and head of pro-government news outlet ATVand#39s Europe studio. Of the 20 million people who have taken the KPSS exam during the AK Partyand#39s tenure, a mere 610,000, or 15 percent, have been given positions in state institutions, highlighting the coveted nature of government jobs.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman