Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reshuffled his cabinet after resignations of three ministers over a graft probe.
Some 24 people, including the sons of interior and economy ministers, chief executive of state-owned Halkbank, Suleyman Aslan, and prominent businessmen close to Erdogan have been formally charged with the corruption scandal that has shaken the country’s political establishment.
Dozens of senior police officials, including Istanbul Police Chief Huseyin Capkin, were also removed from their posts.
This comes while Erdogan described the corruption probe as an "ill-intentional move of local and foreign actors" aimed at toppling the government, promising a crackdown on those behind the investigation.
"Whoever dares to harm, stir up or set traps in this country, we will come to break those hands," Erdogan said on Sunday in a speech to the supporters of the AK Party in Giresun city.
The investigation is being widely interpreted as a challenge to the authority of Erdogan, who boasts of being pro-business and has pledged to root out corruption.