World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan convened his Cabinet on Monday for the first time since naming four new ministers.
The Cabinet meeting began at 11:50 a.m. at the Prime Ministry building in Ankara.
The Cabinet reshuffle was announced on Thursday by Erdoğan following a meeting with President Abdullah Gül. Former İstanbul Governor Muammer Güler replaced İdris Naim Şahin as interior minister, while Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Deputy Chairman Ömer Çelik was appointed as new minister of culture and tourism. Nabi Avcı, who heads the parliamentary Education Commission, was named the new education minister and AK Party Edirne deputy Mehmet Müezzinoğlu replaced Recep Akdağ as health minister.
The change came as a surprise to many but Erdoğan is known for similar Cabinet shakeups, seen previously during his AK Party administration. There is now much debate about the meaning of the new Cabinet, what its priorities will be and what the change of some ministers signifies.Last Mod: 28 Ocak 2013, 13:31