TODAY’S – Labor minister: Nepotism a reality since Ataturk’s time

Labor minister: Nepotism a reality since Ataturk’s timeNepotism in government jobs is not a new trend that emerged with the rise of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), but rather one that has existed since the era of Turkeyand#39s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, said Labor and Social Security Minister Faruk elik on Monday.On Sunday opposition Republican Peopleand#39s Party (CHP) Deputy Chairman and spokesperson Haluk Ko released a second list featuring names of people who had been appointed to government jobs due to inner connections in lieu of taking the State Personnel Examination (KPSS).

Ko released a first list earlier this month.According to Ko 20 million people have taken the KPSS during the AK Partyand#39s tenure, competing for 610,000 jobs, meaning that only 15 percent of those who took the exam ended up successfully gaining employment in the public sectorBoth lists together comprised 104 people who were appointed to government positions not due to their qualifications or successful KPSS scores but because of their connections to high-ranking government officials.

When announcing the second list, Ko claimed that no one from the AK Party had denied his earlier allegations. elikand#39s remarks reflect an attitude of acceptance, implying that the practice is normal and has been ongoing since the establishment of the republic.

andldquoIf you have a relative, an acquaintance or the business card [of a person in the AK Party], this [obtaining a job in the public sector] is a piece of cake for you . But if you do not, then forget about being employed by the state or getting a promotion in the state.

State employment will only be a dream for you,andrdquo Ko said while announcing the first list.Ko cited a handful of examples of people who were appointed to desirable government jobs due to their connections to Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoIlu, President Recep Tayyip ErdoIan and various cabinet ministers.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman