Jul 04 2018

Erdoğan to announce new ministers on Monday – report

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will announce a list of new ministers on Monday following a victory in presidential elections on June 24.

The announcement will be made on Monday evening, following a swearing-in ceremony for Erdoğan at parliament, Milliyet newspaper reported, without saying how it got the information.

Late on Monday, a ceremony will also be held at the presidential palace in Ankara to mark the passage of Turkey’s political system to a full presidential system of government, Milliyet said. Leading politicians, artists and other public figures will attend, it said.

It was not immediately clear whether opposition MPs and politicians would boycott the events.

Turkish voters narrowly approved what the government terms as an “executive presidency” in a public referendum in April 2017. Opposition candidates to Erdoğan in last month’s presidential election had vowed to dismantle the plans and return Turkey to a parliamentary democracy. The new system gives Erdoğan wide powers to appoint bureaucrats, judges and ministers, to dissolve parliament and makes it more difficult to unseat him.

Last month, Erdoğan outlined a new hierarchical structure for the presidency in which new institutions covering all aspects of policy will be created to advise him. With the prime ministry abolished as of Monday, ministries will take on a more bureaucratic function in implementing Erdoğan’s decisions.