Turkish opposition leader resigns over sex scandal

May 10, 2010 15:28


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ANKARA, Turkey — The leader of Turkey's secular main opposition party resigned as chairman over a sex scandal, on Monday, days after a secretly-taped video circulating on the Internet allegedly showed he was having an affair with a lawmaker.

Deniz Baykal, an ardent critic of the Islamic-oriented government's policies, resigned during a news conference saying he was the victim of a political plot by the government.

Baykal said such private images could not be taped without the government's knowledge. The woman in the video is allegedly a former aide, who was elected to parliament from his party. Both Baykal and the woman are married.

Baykal's resignation spelled the end of his four-decade political career and inflicted a blow to his Republican People's Party.

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