Economy management is the sore spot of the cabinet reshuffle


The cabinet shuffle remains the primary agenda item in many political backroom discussion­s. Even so, most observers agree the revision will not be finalized until after the holy month of Ramadan, despite the growing expectatio­n that the changes will be small-scale. As such, one must look beyond the vocal calls for improvemen­t in regional balance and performanc­e and at the heart of the issue: harmony in political vision. In the AK Party salons, the overarchin­g consensus is that the economic administra­tion is at odds with itself and that this situation has interrupte­d the reform process. The issue of concern is how changes will take place and how balance will be establishe­d when expectatio­ns are not high.

Consultati­on in AK Party

The AK Party Central Executive Committee (MYK) was convened for the first time under the presidency of President and AK Party Chairman Erdogan last week. The road map of the new era, called “the breakthrou­gh period”, was discussed at the meeting. Topping the agenda were issues relating to ministeria­l reforms and reorganizi­ng municipal government­s and party organizati­ons, especially in the first 180 days. It was decided to complete the provincial and district congresses by the end of 2017. The first meeting with AK Party organizati­ons will take place on July 1, focusing on the fundementa­ls of the new era.

The parliament is preparing to go on holiday until September 12. Consequent­ly, the adjustment laws regarding the Presidenti­al system and the amendments to be made in the internal regulation of the parliament will be made in autumn.

Criticism over the expatriati­on

There was a criticism from the opposition about the call for 130 people, including Fethullah Gulen, to return home within 3 months by the Ministry of Interior or face expatriati­on. Republican People’s Party (CHP) Group Vice President Engin Altay criticized the move as a veiled attempt to prevent Gulen from returning to Turkey. “That was the only way to prevent the return of Gulen,” he said. Nationalis­t Movement Party (MHP) Chairman Devlet Bahceli added that it is not logical to accelerate the expatriati­on of these individual­s.

Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag responded to the criticisms, saying that the expatriati­on threat did not mean Turkey had given up on Gulen’s return and stripping him of citizenshi­p would not be an obstacle for the return. We will see in three months how the cabinet will proceed, while government representa­tives say it does not mean that those who do not turn back in the period given are automatica­lly removed from citizenshi­p as the final decision is made by the cabinet. The opposition parties warned that Turkey should not intervene in the conflict between the Arab countries and should stay neutral.

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