Cabinet gathers before vote of confidence
AA photoPrime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu convened the first cabinet meeting of 64th government on Nov. 27 before receiving a vote of confidence for the new cabinet, which parliament will vote on Nov. 30.
The cabinet meeting comes amid a crisis with Russia as Moscow has started to implement political and economic measures against Turkey. Russian officials have ordered a number of retaliatory economic measures against Turkey after a Russian jet was shot down by Turkey on Nov. 24 after the latter cited airspace violations. On Nov. 25, a group of Turkish businessmen were reported to have been detained by the Russian authorities for making “false statements about their trip to the country.”
Friday prayer before cabinet meeting
Cabinet members visited the Hacı Bayram Mosque before the meeting. Male ministers performed Friday prayers, while two female ministers, Sema Ramazanoğlu and Fatma Güldemet Sarı, waited outside and chatted with shopkeepers. Cabinet members then visited Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s mausoleum.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has approved the cabinet list drafted by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, one week after commissioning the premier to form a new cabinet in the wake of the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) victory in the Nov. 1 elections.