New cabinet revision on the agenda, number of ministries may go up to 30 from 25

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 05.11.2015 19:05
Updated 05.11.2015 19:14
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The number of ministries could increase to 30 from 25 by a revision and a series of structural changes following the November 1 general elections, where the Justice and Development (AK) Party was able to regain a majority in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.

According to reports, the new AK Party cabinet will revise some ministries, including the Ministry of Customs and Trade, Ministry of Transport, Maritime and Communications, Ministry of Forestry and Water Management, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

These ministries may reportedly be divided into separate ministries, which would increase the total number to 30.

The ministry of transport, maritime and communications is one of the top three seats in the cabinet, alongside the ministry of the interior and justice.

The AK Party formed a caretaker cabinet and invited the three remaining parties to join it, but only the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) accepted it, but resigned afterwards. Tuğrul Türkeş from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), who accepted the Prime Minister's invitation to join the cabinet was dismissed from the party, and joined the AK Party.

Prime Minister Davutoğlu had previously said that his interim cabinet would work like a full-term four-year government rather than a temporary cabinet.

Turkey held early elections after no party won an overall majority in the June 7 elections and as coalition talks failed to produce a government by the 45-day deadline President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan asked Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to form a government on July 9.

The AK Party restored its majority in the parliament with a landslide victory in Turkey's general election which took place on November 1 by obtaining 317 seats in Parliament and 49.49 percent of the votes.

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