Erdoğan plans cabinet, party reshuffle within days - report

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will make changes to his cabinet and the management of the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the coming days, Sabah newspaper reported, without saying where it got the information.

Erdoğan is set to chair a meeting of the AKP’s executive board on July 11 during which internal reports and polls concerning this year’s local elections will be assessed, Sabah said. The meeting will be preceded by further consultations between Erdoğan and AKP parliamentarians this week, it said.

The AKP lost control of the mayorships of Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city and economic hub, and the capital Ankara in the March 31 local elections and a subsequent rerun of a vote for Istanbul last month. Some AKP voters switched sides, with opinion polls reflecting disquiet among some supporters about an economic downturn and the way the country is being managed.  

Vice-President Fuat Oktay has also been tasked with preparing a detailed assessment of Turkey’s first year under its new presidential system of government, the newspaper reported. The document will be presented to Erdoğan.

The Nationalist Action Party (MHP), the AKP’s political ally in parliament, will also be consulted about possible improvements to the workings of the new presidential system, introduced last July, Sabah said.