Jan 04 2018

Erdoğan may overhaul cabinet in January due to discord – report

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan may overhaul the cabinet as early as this month, replacing several ministers, as he prepares for elections and tries to resolve disagreements over policy, Hürriyet newspaper said.

As many as 18 ministers could be replaced, Hürriyet said citing unidentified officials of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Some of the ministers may then run in local elections as mayoral candidates in March 2018, it said.

There is a lack of synergy and an unwillingness among some ministers to work together for common goals, and the disagreements are holding up projects planned by Erdoğan, the newspaper said.

However, some AKP officials oppose the early cabinet revisions, preferring to wait until party congresses and elections have been held during the first half of the year, Hürriyet reported.

Turkey is facing local, parliamentary and presidential elections by November 2019. Some political observers have speculated that the presidential and parliamentary elections may be brought forward to this year.

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