Unaccountability of officials raises risks for further disasters in Turkey


The unwillingness of politicians in Turkey to take any responsibility for any part of what has gone wrong, as a tragedy in a Soma coal mine recently demonstrated in a most shocking way, may not only erode political ethics but also pave the way for other disasters in the future, analysts have warned.

“As long as such a mentality reigns [with those in power], we are bound to come across even graver tragedies [in the future],” Atilla Kart, a deputy from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), told Sunday’s Zaman.

No Cabinet minister, neither the Labor and Social Security Minister Faruk Çelik nor the Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yıldız, resigned following the tragedy in Soma, which may turn out to be the deadliest workplace-related event in the history of the Turkish Republic.

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