ANKARA – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a new cabinet yesterday after President Abdullah Gul approved the list of ministers, ‘Hurriyet Daily News’ reported.
The new cabinet consists of 25 ministers: six new names and the rest coming from the previous government, including Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek. The cabinet also includes a new minister to oversee Turkey’s European Union membership bid. Erdogan named Egemen Bagis, the country’s chief EU negotiator, as the minister for EU affairs.
The new government’s program will be read in Parliament on Friday. A confidence vote is expected to take place next week. Erdogan’s Justice & Development (AK) Party won almost 50 percent of votes in June 12 general elections. AKP thus has 327 seats in the 550-seat parliament, more than enough to win the vote of confidence. The main opposition party has refused to take parliamentary oath and is expected to boycott the vote.