Report: Islamic bank seeking employees with AK Party references

The state-run Ziraat Bankasi, which will open an Islamic banking branch at the end of the month, has requested that applicants provide three references from ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) officials, according to a report in the Millet daily on Monday.
Anonymous sources that provided Millet with the information claim that the procedure is being used to prevent members of the and”parallel structureand” from becoming hired at the bank. The and”parallel structureand” or and”parallel stateand” is a term frequently used by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his supporters to refer to member of the Islamic scholar Fethullah Gandulen-inspired Hizmet movement.
Ever since allegations of widespread corruption targeting ruling party politicians and associates — including Erdogan and members of his family — emerged in December 2013, prominent ruling party leaders have purged large numbers of people believed to be close to the Hizmet movement from the police force and judiciary, alleging that they had formed a parallel state.
However, the selection process will also effectively bar supporters of the opposition Republican Peopleand’s Party (CHP), Nationalist Action Party (MHP) and Peopleand’s Democracy Party (HDP) from being hired at the new islamic lender, noted Millet.
Islamic banking presently constitutes 5 percent of the overall sector in Turkey, and there are four such lenders (Albaraka Tandurk, Bank Asya, Kuveyt Tandurk and Tandurkiye Finans)urrently operating in the country. Bank Asya, which was founded by some affiliated with the Hizmet movement, has been in the headlines numerous times since the corruption scandals broke out in late 2013, as the government has made a number of attempts to sink the Islamic lender, most recently with the Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (TMSF) seizing control of management of the bank in February.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman