Erdogan presented his new cabinet: he appointed an orthodox economy minister and a foreign minister closer to Russia than to Europe

The Turkish president, in power for twenty years, presented his new cabinet (Reuters) (UMIT BEKTAS /)

The president of Türkiye, Recep Tayyip Erdoganhas presented this Saturday, hours after being sworn in for his third term, his new cabinetin which the presence of the orthodox economist Mehmet Simsek in charge of finance Minister.

The name of Simsek, who already held the position between 2009 and 2015, has been the subject of much speculation in recent days, as the Turkish press believes that his return to a position of power may herald a return to more orthodox policies.

Simsek will have the enormous task ahead of cleaning up the battered Turkish economy and stabilize the lira, which has lost 20% of its value in a yearand 85% since the economist left office.

The new Minister of Finance and Finance, Mehmet Simsek (Reuters)
The new Minister of Finance, Mehmet Simsek (Reuters) (UMIT BEKTAS /)

To do this, it must stop the current cycle of consumption and inflationsomething that would normally be done by dramatically raising interest rates, but it is a move that Erdogan has repeatedly condemned in recent years.

Another striking change is the appointment of Hakan Fidan, since 2015 head of Turkey’s secret services, as foreign ministerreplacing Mevlüt Çavusoglu who has been in office since that same year.

Fidan is considered more oriented towards Russia and Asia than Europe and in recent months he has repeatedly traveled to Moscow to negotiate reconciliation with the Syrian government.

The new foreign minister, Hakan Fidan (Reuters)
The new Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hakan Fidan (Reuters) (UMIT BEKTAS /)

His position in charge of The secret services, known by the acronym MIT, will be occupied by Ibrahim Kalin, until now Erdogan’s spokesman.

General Yasar Güler, current Chief of Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces, will replace Hulusi Akar as Defense Minister.

Also leaving office is Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, known for his harsh speeches against the opposition, who will be replaced by the current governor of Istanbul, Ali Yerlikaya.

Only two ministers remain in office, including Health, Fahrettin Koca, popular for his management of the covid-19 pandemic.

The only woman in the cabinet will be the Minister of Family and Labor, Mahinur Özdemirborn in Belgium, who between 2009 and 2018 was a member of the Brussels regional Parliament and the first woman in this Belgian body to wear an Islamist veil.

The new cabinet will meet for the first time on Tuesday.

third term

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during his inauguration ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, June 3, 2023.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during his inauguration ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, on June 3, 2023 (PRESIDENTIAL PRESS OFFICE/)

Erdogan, in power for twenty years, inaugurated his third presidential term on Saturday and asked his polarized country to “make peace.”

The 69-year-old head of state and re-elected for five years on May 28 with 52% of the vote, promised before Parliament in Ankara to “assume his duty impartially” before the 600 deputies elected on May 14.

the turkish leader offered a gala dinner at night to the nearly 80 foreign heads of state and government who attended the event, including the Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro.

The Islamo-conservative leader asked “the parties”, and also “journalists, writers, society and artists to reconcile with the national will”, without mentioning the tens of thousands of representatives of all these categories who are among bars.

With information from EFE and AFP

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