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Erdoğan asks resignation of 5 provincial chairmen

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According to decisions made during Central Decision and Administration Board (MKYK) meetings chaired by Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan, five provincial chairmen have been asked to resign, the pro-government Star daily reported on Monday.

According to the report, new chairmen will be appointed to replace the departing officials, who will not seek office again. The İstanbul and İzmir provincial chairmen are thought to be among the incumbents who have been ask to leave.

With the return of Erdoğan to the Justice and Development Party (AKP) guaranteed by a narrow win in a constitutional referendum, the government was expected to carry out a reshuffle.

Erdoğan had complained of “fatigue” within the AKP and mentioned a need for rejuvenation.

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım recently announced a new Cabinet list that included replacements or swaps in 11 out of 26 ministries. Yildirim said that 15 ministers remained in their posts while five new ministers were joining the Cabinet and six of its members were reshuffled.

Yıldırım described the reshuffle as a “change of blood.”

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