Justice minister denies that civil servant interviews included questions on Erdoğan's family

Turkey’s Justice Minister Yılmaz Tunç has denied claims that the numbers of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan or Prophet Mohammed’s children were asked during public servant interviews, calling such news stories “complete fabrication.”  

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Turkey’s Justice Minister Yılmaz Tunç on April 17 responded to allegations surrounding the content of the public servant interviews of the ministry. 

Tunç strictly denied that the number of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s or Islamic prophet Mohammet’s children were asked during the interviews, via social media. 

“The claims are completely fabricated lies. These questions have not been asked in our ministry’s public servant interviews. It is immoral to create misinformation around lies,” wrote the minister. 

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Gökçe Gökçen had brought the allegations to the parliament on April 15, demanding that interviews be removed from the public servant selection and promotion processes. 

“Many people who have scored high on the written test contact us, saying their interviews were unfairly conducted,” said Gökçen. 

Prospective employees stated that some of their interviews lasted less than one minute, or interviews that went well resulted in disappointment.

Gökçen had also submitted a parliamentary question on April 4 regarding the “Promotion and Change of Title Exam” of the Justice Ministry, results for which were announced on April 1. 

The deputy had questioned the accuracy of the claims regarding inappropriate interview practices and nepotism in candidate election processes.