Turkey’s Erdogan meets prime minister, cabinet reshuffle could be in the works

A cabinet reshuffle has been widely expected since May, when Erdogan resumed his leadership of the ruling AK Party following an April 16 constitutional referendum giving him sweeping new powers.

world Updated: Jul 19, 2017 16:29 IST
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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets with Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in Ankara on July 19, 2017.(Reuters)

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan met Prime Minister Binali Yildirim at the presidential palace on Wednesday, and a cabinet reshuffle could be on the cards, sources with knowledge of the matter said.

Erdogan’s office announced the unscheduled meeting earlier on Wednesday, and three sources said a reshuffle could be in the works, declining to be identified because the information is not yet public.

“There is a strong likelihood that there could be a decision on a cabinet reshuffle after the meeting,” said one of the sources, who is close to the presidency.

In a separate statement, Erdogan’s office said Yildirim would hold a news conference at the presidential palace in Ankara after the meeting.

A cabinet reshuffle has been widely expected since May, when Erdogan resumed his leadership of the ruling AK Party following an April 16 constitutional referendum giving him sweeping new powers.

First Published: Jul 19, 2017 16:29 IST