Aug 06 2018

Turkey’s Erdoğan to reshuffle ruling  AKP’s top team - pro-gov’t daily

President and ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is bracing for changes in the AKP’s main team as it prepares for grand congress later this month, pro-government Hürriyet newspaper reported, citing sources from the AKP.

Turkey’s leading AKP will hold its sixth regular grand congress on August 18, on the heels of its decisive victory in the June presidential and parliamentary elections.

Parliamentary speaker Binali Yıldırım and deputy speaker Mustafa Şentop will not be on the AKP A team due to their posts, the daily said, noting that the party management is planning to make changes in Central Executive Board (MYK) and Central Decision and Management Board (MKYK).

Constitutional Committee head Bekir Bozdağ, Equality in Opportunity Between Genders Committee head Julide Sarıearoğlu, and National Education Committee head Numan Kurtulmuş may not be on the list for the top bodies, the newspaper asserted; adding that Turkey’s strongman may make an exception for Bozdağ and Kurtulmuş if he is considering them in the execution.

Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, in addition Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül and Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu -- both of whom have been in the spotlight to due to the announcement of U.S. sanctions targeting the pair last week --  who will continue to take place in the party’s top board, according to Hürriyet. 

 Former Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli is also expected to be on the list for the MKYK, in addition to Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya and 18-year old lawmaker candidate Elif Nur Bayram.