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Erdogan names son-in-law as finance minister in new Turkey cabinet

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday unveiled a new-look cabinet after being sworn in for the new term, with his son-in-law Berat Albayrak given the crucial post of finance minister.

In another key change announced by Erdogan, army chief of staff General Hulusi Akar joins the government as defense minister but Mevlut Cavusoglu keeps the post of foreign minister.

Suleyman Soylu stays on as the interior minister while Fuat Oktay, a former head of Turkey’s emergencies agency, has been named as the sole vice president.

The appointment of finance minister had been keenly awaited by markets, with the naming of Albayrak, formerly energy minister, coming as something of a surprise.

ANKARA: President of Pakistan and Mrs. Mamnoon Hussain snapped on the occasion of the Turkish President Erdogan’s oath-taking ceremony.  




M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.