Erdoğan denies rumors of Interior Minister Soylu’s resignation
“The resignation of our friend and this sort of thing is out of the question,” Erdoğan said on Feb. 26 at a press conference before departing for an official trip to Algeria.
His comments came after Soylu gave a speech on Feb. 25 in which he apparently hinted that he would resign from his post.
“Retreating can also be a virtue. No matter what post I have, I will continue my life as a soldier of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Today, I am interior minister. Tomorrow, I might not be,” he had said in his home province of Trabzon.
Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy Şamil Tayyar also denied reports of Soylu’s impending resignation.
“For those who are waiting for Soylu to resign or be dismissed, I have a bad news. The minister is at his post, he has the chief’s support,” Tayyar posted on his official Twitter account on Feb. 26.