POLITICS > EU Minister Bağış vows to close ranks within the gov't at handover ceremony


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EU Minister Egemen Bağış greets his successor Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu at a handover ceremony in Ankara, Dec. 26. DAILY NEWS photo, Selahattin SÖNMEZ

EU Minister Egemen Bağış greets his successor Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu at a handover ceremony in Ankara, Dec. 26. DAILY NEWS photo, Selahattin SÖNMEZ

The government is aware they should close the ranks more against the powers that want to divide them and create trouble, EU Minister Egemen Bağış said at a handover ceremony to his successor Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.

“There has always been and will be powers who want to create trouble. We will disappoint these traps altogether,” Bağış said on Dec. 26 speaking at the ceremony following the Cabinet reshuffle on Dec. 25, which came hours after the resignation of three top ministers due to their involvement in a graft probe.

There will be fellowship with the Prime Minister “till the grave,” he noted.

“We are aware we should close the ranks more. We will pull together to develop this country with those who bless us, not the ones that curse us,” Bağış said in an indirect reference to the Islamic Scholar Fethullah Gülen, whose video tape indirectly cursing the government was released recently.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced the new Cabinet which included changes on 10 portfolios following a meeting with President Abdullah Gül on Dec. 25.


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mara mcglothin

12/27/2013 8:56:09 PM

CEZER Right! boo hoo hoo:)


12/27/2013 5:15:22 AM

Nadiri, you are certainly the most qualified to replace the Eggman. I read your first comment a couple minutes ago and I'm still laughing!

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

12/27/2013 12:37:09 AM

Mara is in deep mourning.

Çılgın Kanarya

12/26/2013 10:29:51 PM

BRIT, no matter how Egemen The Circus Clown is eventually laid to rest, I'm sure his family now has more than enough dosh in their bedrooms to give him one almighty send off, lol. NADİRİ, ok son, put the lid back on your container of inane comments, that's enough for today, otherwise you won't have enough for the rest of the week!

american american

12/26/2013 6:42:48 PM

good thing nadiri teaches math and not civics. it is very hard to mess up numbers..unless you are in akp. then you can make numbers dis and reappear.

Nadiri Başaran

12/26/2013 6:32:12 PM

"Face piles of trials with smiles, it riles them to believe that you perceive the web they weave and keep on thinking free" Moody Blues.

Nadiri Başaran

12/26/2013 6:27:23 PM

No need to panic, kick out the corrupt, if any, and "keep on thinking free"

Scandi Navian

12/26/2013 5:45:19 PM

"Close the ranks" to make sure that knowledge about corruption never leave their ranks...

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

12/26/2013 5:35:08 PM

Poor Nadiri Başaran. Snow is falling on his trusted mountains. People he supports turned out to be crooks.

Velissarius Tiberios

12/26/2013 5:11:20 PM

I wonder if he considers himself "sent to go fishing".
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