Turkey’s Erdoğan says no plans to reshuffle cabinet or change election threshold

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Tuesday that there were no plans to make a cabinet reshuffle or change the presidential election threshold, CNN Türk reported

"Right now, there is no such thing,” Erdoğan said to reporters in response to questions about possible changes in the cabinet during a reception in Ankara. However, the president refused to rule out a change.

Opposition newspaper Sözcü on Tuesday reported that Erdoğan had hinted during the same reception that his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) had been considering changing the current rule that a candidate must receive over 50 percent support to win in the first round of presidential elections.

However, according to CNN Türk, Erdoğan said that making changes in the election threshold was the job of the opposition parties, as the AKP had designed the current system approved by Turkish voters in a referendum in 2017.

“We are the ones who presented the current rules to the parliament, to our people. As it has been approved by a large majority of our people, it goes against the seriousness of a politician to revise it (the rules) and present it again. If something like that is going to happen, this is the job of the opposition, not ours,” CNN Türk quoted Erdoğan as saying.