- Title: TURKEY-POLITICS/CABINET Turkish PM unveils members of interim government
- Date: 28th August 2015
- Summary: ANKARA, TURKEY (FILE) (REUTERS) TURKES WALKING PAST NEW EU MINISTER, PRO-KURDISH MP ALI HAYDAR KONCA TALKING TO MEDIA AND SHAKING HANDS WITH OFFICIALS NEW DEVELOPMENT MINISTER AND PRO-KURDISH MP MUSLUM DOGAN GIVING A PRESS STATEMENT PRO-KURDISH PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC PARTY (HDP) OFFICIALS DOGAN LEAVING
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- Location: Turkey
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: General
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- Story Text: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu appointed nationalist and pro-Kurdish opposition politicians to an interim power-sharing cabinet on Friday (August 28), but left his finance and economy ministers unchanged in a team dominated by ruling party loyalists.
Feridun Sinirlioglu, undersecretary at the foreign ministry since 2009, was named as the new foreign minister, a critical post as the NATO member takes on a front-line role in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State.
Davutoglu was forced to form a power-sharing cabinet after the AKP lost its majority in a June election for the first time and then failed to find a junior coalition partner. The interim government will now lead Turkey to a new election on Nov. 1.
"Yalcin Akdogan, Numan Kurtulmus, Cevdet Yilmaz and Yildirim Turkey are appointed as Deputy Prime ministers," he said at a news conference in Ankara.
Ali Haydar Konca is appointed as EU minister. Fikri Isik is appointed as science, industry and technology minister. Ahmet Erdem is appointed as labour minister. Idris Gulluce is appointed as environment minister. Feridun Sinirlioglu is appointed as foreign minister," he added.
"Kudbettin Arzu is appointed as agriculture and food minister. Erdem Basci is appointed as customs and trade minister. Selami Altinok is appointed as interior minister. Muslum Dogan is appointed as development minister."
The June vote ended more than a decade of single-party rule, unnerving investors in its $870 billion economy as it battles Kurdish militants at home and Islamic State fighters on its borders, helping send the lira to a series of record lows.
Reading the list of cabinet appointments without commenting further, Davutoglu named Tugrul Turkes, son of the founder of the nationalist opposition MHP, as one of his four deputy prime ministers.
Ali Haydar Konca and Muslum Dogan, members of the pro-Kurdish HDP, were named EU minister and development minister respectively.
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