After a major reshuffle on Saturday, Türkiye’s new government took office and began work on Tuesday with its first meeting. Comprised of technocrats and prominent figures of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), the Cabinet faces a diverse array of issues to be dealt with, mainly the economy, one of the priorities for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Ministers accompanied President Erdoğan on Tuesday afternoon for a traditional ceremony to pay respects to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Republic of Türkiye. They laid a wreath at the mausoleum of the first president who inspired Erdoğan’s Century of Türkiye, an ambitious plan of reforms to take place on the centenary of the republic and beyond.
“We swiftly hit the road for the road to building the Century of Türkiye with our first meeting. We will serve the entire 85 million citizens of Türkiye. We will make the centenary of the republic you entrusted to us, an occasion we are proud of observing, as the starting point of our era of rising, by God’s will. May Allah help us succeed in serving our nation. May your soul be blessed,” Erdoğan wrote in the memorial book of the mausoleum known as Anıtkabir.
The Cabinet’s first meeting will focus on economic measures to tackle inflation, as well as foreign policy issues like the approval of Sweden’s NATO membership. The meeting was also expected to discuss the implementation of pledges Erdoğan made on the campaign trail, including improvement of salaries of retired and working citizens.
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