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Erdoğan denies reports about Cabinet shakeup following minister’s resignation

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has denied reports suggesting that there would be a Cabinet reshuffle following the resignation of finance minister Berat Albayrak.

Speaking at his party’s parliamentary group meeting on Wednesday, Erdoğan said he never takes action based on what some “spin-doctors” in the media write and that a Cabinet reshuffle is not on the agenda.

“Just ignore what they have been writing. Have you ever seen us taking any steps based on what the spin-doctors say over the past 18 years? We will not, and you can’t make us do it,” Erdoğan said.

He also noted that he, as the president, will make the decision regarding the time and content, if a change is needed in the new system of governance.

Turkey switched from a parliamentary system to a presidential system of governance following a referendum in 2017 that granted Erdoğan vast powers.

In an unexpected move on Sunday, Albayrak stepped down from his post, citing health reasons, in a statement made public on his verified Instagram account. His resignation was accepted by Erdoğan on Monday evening after hours of silence from the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government.

Erdoğan on Monday evening appointed former transport and development minister Lütfi Elvan to replace Albayrak as the country’s finance minister.

In the meantime, Erdoğan, who did not utter a word about Albayrak’s resignation for days, broke his silence in the speech on Wednesday and simply thanked him for his service.

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