Academician Prof. Dr. Beril Dedeoğlu has been appointed as the EU Affairs Minister and Chief Negotiator, while Cüneyt Düzyol, the undersecretary of the Development Ministry, has been appointed as the Development Minister, the Prime Ministry said in a statement released late Tuesday.
Earlier Tuesday, Former Development Minister Müslüm Doğan and Former EU Affairs Minister and Chief Negotiator Ali Haydar Konca from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) had resigned from their posts in the interim cabinet earlier on Tuesday.
The resignations came during a cabinet meeting in Ankara. Following the ministers' resignation, just before the press meeting, a statement made by the prime minister's office said, "Mr. Prime Minister thanked them for taking part in the election government as a requirement of constitutional obligation and said leaving was also their own decision. A commissioning will be made soon."
Müslüm Doğan, from İzmir province and Ali Haydar Konca, from Kocaeli province, were the HDP deputies who accepted Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu's invitation to join an interim power-sharing cabinet to lead the country to a snap election in November.
New EU Affairs Minister and Chief Negotiator Prof. Dr. Beril Dedeoğlu
Beril Dedeoğlu, born in 1961, is a lecturer and the Head of Department of International Relations at Galatasaray University's Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. Dedeoğlu has focused on Turkey's foreign policy and issues of international security as part of her academic research.
New Development Minister Mustafa Cüneyd Düzyol
Newly appointed Development Minister Mustafa Cüneyd Düzyol, born in İzmir in 1964, has previously served as the Deputy Undersecretary for Ministry of Development since 2009.
Prior to his position as the deputy undersecretary, Düzyol also the served as General Director, Economic Sectors and Coordination General Directorate at State Planning Organization from 2003 to 2009.
Düzyol received Master of Science in Economics from University of Illinois, USA from 1995 to 1996, Development Economy from University of East Anglia, United Kingdom in 1992, and Civil Engineering from METU (Middle East Technical University), Faculty of Engineering in 1988.
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