Major political turmoil in Turkey that threatens Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s 11-year-long rule could delay or shakeup major procurement contracts, analysts and industry sources say.
“In days like this it is typical of bureaucracy to gear down in fear of corruption allegations,” one senior procurement official said. “Defense procurement is no exception to the rule.”
Erdogan’s government has come under increasing pressure from its opponents and former political allies after a Dec. 17 investigation made allegations against six Cabinet ministers, three ministers’ sons, prominent businessmen and bureaucrats, including the general manager of a state-run bank. Erdogan has reshuffled his Cabinet but has denied allegations claimed were orchestrated by “dark forces conspiring against Turkey’s rise.” […]