Uşan and former rector İbiş, who wanted to kiss Erdoğan’s hand, are also in the Ethics Committee.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan appointed Zerrin Güngör, who “tried to button up his buttonless robe” when he was the President of the Council of State, as the Chairman of the Public Servants Ethics Committee. Among the members appointed to the board are Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University (AYBU) Dean of Law Faculty Muhammed Fatih Uşan, who is trying to kiss Erdoğan’s hand, 3 former AKP deputies and former Ankara University Rector Erkan İbiş. Despite the fact that rectors were prohibited from participating in political party activities, Ibiş’s lectures at the AKP’s Political Academy caused controversy.

Appointments regarding the Presidency and membership of the Public Servants Ethics Committee were published in the Official Gazette. According to the appointment decision published with the signature of President Erdoğan, former President of the Council of State Güngör was appointed as the chairman of the Council of State.

Güngör, who was elected as the only candidate as the President of the Council of State in 2013 and continued his duty until 2020, drew a reaction when he tried to cover his robe with both hands in front of Erdoğan at the 146th founding anniversary ceremony of the Council of State in 2014.


Güngör also attended Erdoğan’s visit to Rize in 2014, and Erdoğan gathered tea together with President of the Court of Accounts Recai Akyel and President of the Supreme Court İsmail Rüştü Cirit.

Güngör also came to the fore with his daughter’s appointments. Güngör’s daughter, Gonca Hatinoğlu, was assigned to Elazığ after she passed the judgeship exam, but was appointed to the Supreme Court within 24 hours.

Hatinoğlu, who worked here for only a few days, was appointed as the head of department at the Presidency of Legal Services. Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University (AYBU) Faculty of Law Dean Muhammed Fatih Uşan, who was appointed as a member from a faculty member quota, also became the focus of criticism when he tried to kiss Erdoğan’s hand during the presentation of the Honorary Doctorate Diploma given to President Erdoğan on January 7, 2015.


To the Board, former AKP deputy and minister Faruk Nafiz Özak from the minister’s quota, İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu who was the Kocaeli Metropolitan Mayor from the AKP’s provincial mayor quota, Tevfik Ziyaeddin Akbulut from the governor’s quota, and former AKP deputy and minister from the quota of a public institution professional organization Kutbettin Arzu and the Undersecretary’s quota were appointed as Chief Advisor to the President, Esengül Civelek. Ahmet Karayiğit, who also served as the Chief Legal Advisor to the Presidency from the Supreme Court quota, Ömer Faruk Doğan, who retired from the Court of Accounts quota in 2013 due to the age limit, former TRNC Ambassador Halil İbrahim Akça from the ambassador quota, and former Ankara University Rector Prof. Dr. Erkan İbiş was also among those appointed as a member. Karayiğit, Doğan, Akbulut and Uşan, who were appointed to this task with the decision of the Council of Ministers published in 2017, were re-appointed to membership.


With the other appointment decisions published in the Official Gazette, appointments were made to the Board of Directors of the General Directorate of Tea Enterprises (ÇAYKUR) and Pipelines and Petrol Transport Corporation (BOTAŞ). Accordingly, Kerim Taşkıran was appointed as a member of the BOTAŞ Board of Directors. Taşkıran applied to be a Samsun deputy from AKP in 2002, 2007 and 2015 elections, was nominated in 2007 but was not elected. Taşkıran resigned from his position as BOTAŞ Deputy General Manager in order to be a candidate in 2015. Former AKP deputy Hikmet Ayar and ÇAYKUR Deputy General Manager Zeki Karaoğlu were appointed as members of the ÇAYKUR Board of Directors.

Source: Cumhuriyet Gazetesi – Güncel by www.cumhuriyet.com.tr.

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