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Turkey PM announces new cabinet line-up

English.news.cn   2014-08-29 18:33:17

ANKARA, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made public his new cabinet line-up on Friday, designating four deputies.

At a press conference in the Turkish capital Ankara, Davutoglu listed his deputies in the new cabinet as Bulent Arinc, Ali Babacan, Yalcin Akdogan and Numan Kurtulmus.

Earlier in the day, Davutoglu paid a visit to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and submitted to him the new cabinet line-up, in which former minister for European Union (EU) Mevlut Cavusoglu will serve as foreign minister, Voolkan Bozkir will become minister for the EU and Nurettin Canikli will serve as customs and trade minister.

On Thursday, newly-elected Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan designated Davutoglu, who is also the chairman of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) elected on Wednesday, to form the new government, a statement by the presidential press office said.

Last Thursday, Erdogan announced in the capital that Davutoglu would become the ruling AKP chairman and the new prime minister.

Addressing supporters before the ruling AKP congress Wednesday, Erdogan said "We will give Davutoglu the mandate to form the government tomorrow, and the new cabinet will be announced on Friday."

Erdogan, who dominated Turkey's political scene for 11 years as the prime minister, was elected as president on Aug. 10 and he was sworn in as president of Turkey at the Parliamentary General Assembly on Thursday.

Davutoglu has been loyal to the outgoing prime minister as an advisor from 2003 to 2009 when he was the foreign minister in Erdogan's cabinet. He has been famous for the last 12 years as the chief architect and ideologue of Turkey's assertive foreign policy, which aims to make Turkey more influential in international community.

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