Brother of Turkey’s top Muslim cleric handed job as university researcher - opposition MP

The brother of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate President Ali Erbaş, has been appointed as a researcher to a Turkish university without fulfilling the legal requirements for the role, Cumhuriyet daily reported on Saturday citing an an opposition lawmaker.

Metin Erbaş was appointed as a researcher at Ordu University without meeting the qualifications for the role, Mustafa Adıgüzel, Ordu MP for the opposition Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP) said. 

“It is argued that President Erbaş’s brother, an imam and graduate of an Imam-Hatip High School, who does not possess required qualifications to be a researcher at the university, has been appointed to Ordu University. Is this allegation true? Is this person eligible for that job, ” Adıgüzel asked Turkish Minister of Education Ziya Selçuk.

Adıgüzel said that he had access to documents pertaining to the appointment of Erbaş, also employed at a mosque.

The opposition lawmaker asked if an application process was necessary if employees for the university are decided in advance.

Ali Erbaş has so far not responded to the allegations regarding his brother’s appointment.

Nepotism and cronyism have thrived under the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government in recent years. According to the reports published by main opposition party CHP, relatives and friends of the AKP members have entered public services without entering the Public Personnel Selection Exam and getting rapid promotions without fulfilling legal requirements.