The government took action to remove the administrators of the Red Crescent, who have always been criticized for being incapable to act in the face of catastrophes such as earthquake and shadowed by the allegations of corruption. The decree, which was prepared upon the order of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to remove the administrators, including Chairman Ertan Gonen, from their offices, was submitted for the signature of ministers.
The government had launched an investigation into the institution, which was conducted by the inspectors of the Prime, Interior, and Public Affairs Ministries. The resulting report suggested that the administration should be removed from office and crime should be reported to Public Prosecutor’s Office against these administrators.
In fact, a decree to remove the board of directors of the Red Crescent was forwarded to the Cankaya (Presidential) Kiosk two months ago. However, President Ahmet Necdet Sezer refused to ratify it on grounds that it designated the Prime Minister as the sole authority, who could appoint new administrators in the places of the removed ones. The new decree, which was submitted to the signature of ministers, asserts that the Cabinet will appoint the administrators of the Red Crescent.