PM ErdoÄŸan announces 10 new names in major cabinet reshuffle

PM ErdoÄŸan announces 10 new names in major cabinet reshuffle
# 25 December 2013 22:29 (UTC +04:00)

Speaking after meeting with President Abdullah Gül to whom he presented his new list, ErdoÄŸan unveiled his new Cabinet., APA reports quoting Today’s Zaman

ErdoÄŸan said before announcing the new Cabinet that some ministers were already expected to leave their positions as they were named as candidates to run for mayoral posts on behalf of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in several cities in the upcoming local elections. The ruling AK Party named three ministers as candidates in three cities.

With resignations of three ministers on Wednesday, the prime minister found himself with necessity to replace them with new politicians within the ranks of the party.

With sweeping changes in major ministries, AK Party Denizli Deputy Nihat Zeybekçi became new Economy Minister after resignation of Zafer ÇaÄŸlayan who faces allegations of bribery.

Efkan Ala, Undersecretary of the Prime Ministry came to the top spot at the Interior Ministry after Muammer Güler resigned over allegations of bribery that shaked the ruling AK Party.

AK Party Ä°stanbul Deputy Ä°dris Güllüce has become new Environment and Urban Planning Minister after Minister ErdoÄŸan Bayraktar resigned on Wednesday. Bayraktar who also called on Prime Minister ErdoÄŸan to step down, said a “majority of the construction plans” that are mentioned as unlawful in the corruption investigation were approved upon the orders of the prime minister. “I believe that the prime minister should step down as well in order to relieve the Turkish public.”

Mevlüt ÇavuÅŸoÄŸlu was named as new EU Minister as former Chief Negotiator and EU Affairs Minister Egemen Bağış faces accusations of bribery and fraud.

Sakarya Deputy AyÅŸe Ä°slam replaced with Fatma Åžahin as Family and Social Policies Minister after the latter was named as AK Party's candidate for mayoral post in southern province of Gaziantep near Syria border.