World Bulletin / News Desk
As Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan continues to ask Turkish families to have at least three children to maintain Turkey's annual population growth, most Cabinet members seem to have complied with the call, with 19 of them already the parents of at least three children.
The remaining seven ministers, however, have fewer than three children. According to information provided on Parliament's official website, Turkey's 26 ministers have a total of 83 children. Health Minister Recep Akdağ and Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin are far ahead of their colleagues, with six children each.
The prime minister made his first entreaty to Turkish families to have at least three children in April 2008, in a statement that was met with both support and criticism. According to Erdoğan, Turkey's annual population growth rate should be at least 2.5 percent. He complains that the rate is now around 1.5 percent. He has called on families on various occasions to have at least three children.
Erdoğan is the father of four children. He once said he wishes he had more.
In a ranking of the ministers by number of children, the health and interior ministers are followed by Environment and Urban Planning Minister Erdoğan Bayraktar, with five children. Then come six other ministers who have four children each. They are Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, Labor and Social Security Minister Faruk Çelik, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yıldız, Science, Industry and Technology Minister Nihat Ergün and Forestry and Waterworks Minister Veysel Eroğlu.
The seven ministers who have three children each include Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz; Deputy Prime Ministers Beşir Atalay, Ali Babacan and Bekir Bozdağ; Transport Minister Binali Yıldırım; Education Minister Ömer Dinçer; and Food, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister Mehdi Eker. Eight other ministers have two children each. Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek, however, has no children.Last Mod: 16 Temmuz 2012, 17:39