Soaring inflation leads to dismissal of Turkish Statistical Institute’s deputy head - Sözcü

The deputy director of the Turkish Statistical Institute’s was dismissed from duty on Wednesday, the same day the Institute announced that Turkey’s inflation in September jumped to 24.5 percent from 17.89 percent the previous month, Sözcü newspaper reported on Saturday. 

Yinal Yağan will be replacing Enver Taştı as the new deputy director of the Turkish Energy Ministry’s Directorate of General Mining. Yağan is known to have been a close co-worker of Berat Albayrak, Turkey’s Minister of Treasury and Finance and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son-in-law, during his time as Minister of Energy.

Taştı’s dismissal is a surprising decision and a move made as a response to soaring inflation figures, sources told Sözcü.

Taştı was also responsible of the relations between Turkish Statistical Institute and the European Union’s Eurostat.

Mehmet Aktaş has been serving as the acting director of the Turkish Statistical Institute since February 2016. According to sources, Albayrak may appoint Yağan later as the new director of the Institute to replace Aktaş, Sözcü said.