Erdoğan expected to replace four or five more ministers

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is set to make further changes to his cabinet after dismissing his trade minister on Wednesday, Reuters reported.

Erdoğan is expected to make four or five more revisions, Reuters said, citing an unidentified senior government official. The official said the changes were expected after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which ends in mid-May.

Erdoğan had planned a general reshuffle but acted to replace two ministers this week after Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan was accused of awarding a contract for disinfectant to a family company, the official said. Erdoğan also replaced Family and Labour Minister Zehra Zümrüt Selçuk, dividing the ministry in two and hiring two ministers to replace her.

"There was generally a cabinet reshuffle expectation and that is still valid. But Pekcan's sanitisers incident was not acceptable," the official said.

Erdoğan hired Mehmet Mus, a deputy chief of his governing party, to replace Pekcan.

Mus was close to Erdogan’s son-in-law Berat Albayrak, who stepped down as treasury and finance minister in November, a person close to Erdoğan’s governing party said on the condition of anonymity. Albayrak departed unexpectedly and has not made a public statement since.