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Six Turkish Officials Quit over Sex Tape

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TEHRAN, May 22 (ICANA) – Six senior Turkish politicians from the country's opposition Nationalist Action Party (MHP) have resigned from parliament over a sex video scandal.
Sunday, May 22, 2011 9:40:25 AM
Six Turkish Officials Quit over Sex Tape

The officials, including four vice-presidents, were forced to resign on Saturday, only weeks before Turkey's June 12 parliamentary elections, after sexually explicit videos of one of them were posted on the internet, the Associated Press reported.

Turkish media said the website that posted the videos on the internet had threatened MHP lawmakers that it would release secretly filmed videos showing the five other members having sex, reportedly in a house where they used for extramarital affairs.

"I am resigning to spare my party the damage such allegations might cause," said lawmaker Deniz Bolukbasi, claiming that he was the victim of a politically motivated trap sponsored by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP).

"The dark forces behind this ugly political plot, both at home and abroad, will come to light as part of the ongoing investigation," said the official.

Erdogan's party has denied the allegation.

Turkish parliament deputy chairmen Osman Cakir, Umit Safak and Mehmet Ekici, General Secretary Cihan Pacaci and his deputy, Mehmet Taytak, are the other officials who quit their party membership and parliament membership candidacies.

Earlier this month, four leading members of the MHP, the second-largest opposition group in the Turkish parliament, stepped down due to similar tapes.

The resignations may severely weaken the electoral prospects of the party, which is trying to win a minimum 10 percent of the vote required to be seated in parliament.

A group calling itself "Different Nationalists" has released the secretly filmed tapes, but Turkish authorities have blocked access to the videos.

There is an on-screen message in one of the videos that called on "everybody from head to toe in the management" to resign.

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