New Cabinet formed in Turkey

New Cabinet formed in Turkey

New Cabinet formed in Turkey

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, signs the new cabinet document, as Turkey's Prime Minister Bibali Yildirim, right, looks on, following their surprise meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Erdogan has complained of a "fatigue" within the ruling party, speaking of a need for rejuvenation.

Earlier in the day, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced a cabinet reshuffle, with defense and justice ministers becoming vice prime ministers and five new ministers being appointed.

Osman Askin Bak was appointed as Turkey's minister of youth and sports, and Abdulhamit Gul was appointed the justice minister.

Bozdag had largely overseen a major government crackdown following last year's failed military coup that Turkey has blamed on USA -based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.

More than 50.000 people accused of having ties with Fethullah Gulen's group were arrested.

The only deputy prime minister to keep his post was Mehmet Simsek, who is responsible for the economy.

Julide Sarieroglu was appointed Minister of Labor and Social Security, is just the second woman in the Ankara Council of Ministers.

The referendum approved a series of constitutional changes abolishing the office of the prime minister and concentrating much of the executive powers in the hands of the president.

The cabinet reshuffle is seen as a major step toward his cementing his authority and putting his mark on the government ahead of the 2019 elections.

Erdogan led the AKP for 13 years starting in 2001.

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