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Babacan: the only minister to serve in all AK Party gov'ts since 2002

DAILY SABAH
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Babacan: the only minister to serve in all AK Party gov'ts since 2002

Ali Babacan, who was appointed as the deputy prime minister on Friday in Ahmet Davutoğlu's cabinet is the only minister who was able to serve in all governments since 2002.

Previously serving as the deputy prime minister responsible for the economy, Babacan will continue to serve as deputy prime minister in the 62nd government of Turkey. He has played a significant role in clearing Turkey's debt to the International Monetary Fund and other important developments in Turkey's economy.

As a founding member of the AK Party, Babacan served as the Minister of Economy in 58th and 59th governments of Turkey, and was appointed as the Chief EU Negotiator in 2005. In the 60th government he first served as the minister of Foreign Affairs and was later appointed to be the deputy prime minister.

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