Turkey PM reshuffles cabinet

ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim kept the government’s economic team largely in place during a limited cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, notably retaining economist Mehmet Simsek as a deputy premier.
Former justice minister Bekir Bozdag was made a deputy prime minister. Speaking to reporters after meeting President Tayyip Erdogan at the presidential palace, Yildirim said 15 ministers kept their posts in the 26-member cabinet. Eleven ministers were either added or reshuffled.
Simsek, a figure widely respected by investors, was the only one of five deputy prime ministers to stay in the post. Naci Agbal stayed on as finance minister, while the economy, customs and development ministers also kept their positions.
Since last year Simsek shared some responsibilities with a fellow deputy prime minister, Nurettin Canikli, who had oversight of commercial lenders and capital markets.
Canikli was made defence minister. Mevlut Cavusoglu kept his job as foreign minister and Berat Albayrak, Erdogan’s son-in-law, remained as energy minister. Numan Kurtulmus, who had been a deputy prime minister and government spokesman, was appointed tourism minister. New deputy prime ministers include former Defence Minister Fikri Isik, former health minister Recep Akdag and Hakan Cavusoglu.
— Reuters