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Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced the Cabinet changes during a press conference at the Prime Minister's Office in Ankara, Dec. 25. DAILY NEWS photo, Selahattin SÖNMEZ

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced the Cabinet changes during a press conference at the Prime Minister's Office in Ankara, Dec. 25. DAILY NEWS photo, Selahattin SÖNMEZ

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced the new Cabinet following a meeting with President Abdullah Gül on Dec. 25 in Ankara amid a high-level graft probe that has shaken the government.
 
The cabinet reshuffle comes after Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan, Interior Minister Muammer Güler and Environment and Urbanization Minister Erdoğan Bayraktar, who face bribery and corruption allegations, announced their resignations earlier today.
 
Güler has been replaced by Prime Ministry Undersecretary Efkan Ala, who is one of Erdoğan’s closest aides. Nihat Zeybekçi assumed the ministerial position left vacant by Çağlayan while İdris Güllüce was appointed as the new Environment and Urban Planning minister.
 
Egemen Bağış, whose name was also mentioned in the graft investigation as a suspect involved in corruption and bribery, also lost his ministerial post in the reshuffle. Bağış has been replaced by Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) deputy chair in charge of external affairs, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.

“Some of my friends have asked to be excused due to the recent developments, some are quitting the Cabinet because of their candidature [at the upcoming local elections] and others are changes proposed to the President within my discretion and approved by him,” Erdoğan told reporters during a press briefing. 
 
Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ was appointed as new justice minister, after Sadullah Ergin announced his candidacy for the upcoming local elections in the southern province of Hatay.
 
Ankara Deputy Emrullah İşler will replace Bekir Bozdağ as deputy prime minister. Ayşenur İslam Aile was named to replace Family and Social Affairs Minister Fatma Şahin who will run for Gaziantep mayoral post while Lütfi Elvan replaces Transport Minister Binali Yıldırım, who is a candidate for İzmir mayoral post.
 
Sports and Youth Minister Suat Kılıç and Industry and Technology Ministrer Nihat Ergin also lost their ministerial portfolios and were replaced by Akif Çağatay Kılıç and Fikri Işık respectively.

Twenty-four people have been arrested under the corruption investigation that hit Turkey last week, including the sons of the interior and economy ministers. The son of the environment minister was released pending trial.

December/25/2013

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Brit in Turkey

12/28/2013 1:35:16 PM

mara: Sorry, but I didn't mean to suggest that the happenings were funny, they are far from it, but just that some of the comments are so ridiculous.

mara mcglothin

12/27/2013 3:10:03 PM

BRIT I would be laughing if I weren't so near tears over this whole thing. Just like all the other scandals in Turkey, it will be swept under the rug in record time. So not really that funny.

Brit in Turkey

12/26/2013 4:48:55 PM

Tayyar Abi: It's not just this article that is affected, I noticed growing numbers elsewhere too. Still it gives intelligent people something to laugh about!

john albay

12/26/2013 4:23:00 PM

@The parkistani posters, what a cheek for you,of all people you, to tellus Turks something!! Your country is one of the most corrupt,and sad to say backwark countries in the world,even if you have the A Bomb! Your goverment and business people are all corrupt,from top to bottom,you mistreat women and have child labour. When you reach the Turkish standards you can add something,until then get your own house in order!!

Çılgın Kanarya

12/26/2013 3:51:32 PM

Yes, OBSERVER, and have you also noticed the sudden influx of clueless, sycophantic posts from Pakistan? It appears that in their utter desperation, the AKP are having to outsource the propaganda positions to the only Sunni Muslim majority country with English as one of its official languages, given the woeful level of proficiency displayed by 99% of Turks who are prepared to defend this obnoxious, corrupt, tyrannical regime.

Joshua Bronxman

12/26/2013 3:23:27 PM

What we now have is a very good example of a crisis turning into chaos. Such an outcome is always the result of faulty management.

James Khan

12/26/2013 3:18:17 PM

@Mohammed,Fevkal,Tak. This is about greed and corruption. Nothing else. Forget the conspiricies. Please explain to me how a Prime Minister and his family accumulate such massive wealth during his time in power unless he is getting his hands dirty. He does not care for you. He abuses your piety to win votes so he can continue his criminal enterprise. You have been played big time. Get over it. He has made you look like prize fools.

Tayyar Abi

12/26/2013 3:10:26 PM

This article is all of a sudden full of obvious organized AKP support commenters. They were down and out for a few days but are reorganized and again spewing out their propaganda and filthy lies.

An Observer

12/26/2013 1:56:21 PM

The AKP claque seem to be in overdrive judging by some of the posts in today's HDN. Thankfully, they cannot stop the inevitable though.

Elias Kollias

12/26/2013 1:42:49 PM

A cabinet reshuffle is not going to save him anymore...This is not ''business as usual''.
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