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Turkey’s Erdogan Focuses on New Cabinet Structure

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his top aides have begun working on drafting the new government structure and the next cabinet in line with the new executive-presidential system as it will enter into force after the president will take his oath on July 8.

The president chaired a meeting in his working office in Istanbul with the participation of Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, ministers and senior Justice and Development Party (AKP) officials. The AKP’s central decision-making bodies will convene on June 29 in Istanbul as well.

Erdogan was elected as the president of Turkey in the June 24 elections with 52.6 percent of the votes. The Supreme Election Board (YSK) said the final election results would be announced on July 5, which paves the way for the Turkish Parliament to convene on July 8 at an oath-taking ceremony for 600 lawmakers and the president.

The new governmental structure in line with the new system should therefore be shaped before July 8 so Erdoğan can appoint his vice-presidents, 16 ministers, and heads for nine councils and four offices.

“We are adopting a very clear, flexible system with efficient trouble-shooting and decision making mechanisms,” Mahir Unal, deputy leader and spokesman of the AKP told state-run broadcaster TRT in an interview on June 26.