Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has unveiled a new-look cabinet after being sworn in for new term, with his son-in-law Berat Albayrak given the crucial post of Finance Minister.
In another key change announced by Erdogan yesterday, Army Chief General Hulusi Akar joins the government as Defence Minister but Mevlut Cavusoglu keeps the post of Foreign Minister. Suleyman Soylu stays on as Interior Minister while Fuat Oktay, a former head of Turkey’s emergencies agency, has been named as the sole Vice President.
The cabinet is the first named by Erdogan under a new system that dispenses with the office of Prime Minister and concentrates powers under the President. Erdogan now sits at the top of a vertical power structure marked by a slimmed-down government with 16 ministries instead of 26 and multiple bodies reporting to him.