Expectations on the ‘election cabinet’ continue

Changes to the cabinet as potential elections approach, even though four ministers have been changed in the last 3.5 months. This time around, the rumor is that changes will not be limited to four ministers and so-called election cabinet will be formed in line with the election schedule.

AK Party organizations and party management were revamped at its ordinary congress held in March while the Parliamentary administration was restructured. Change to the Cabinet were limited to three ministerial appointments in April. The last change in the Cabinet was made with the appointment Prof. Dr. Mahmut Ozer as the Minister of National Education, replacing Prof. Dr. Ziya Selcuk, who “requested to be excused from his post” and whose resignation was approved.

The first change in the cabinet was announced on July 9, 2018, following the country’s transition to the presidential system after the June 24, 2018 elections. Adil Karaismailoglu was appointed Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure after Mehmet Cahit Turan’s dismissal in March 2020. Then in November 2020, AK Party Mersin Deputy, Lutfi Elvan, was appointed the Minister of Treasury and Finance when Berat Albayrak resigned his office. In April, the number of ministries rose from 16 to 17 after the Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services was divided into the Ministry of Family and Social Services and the Ministry of Labor and Social Security. Derya Yanik was appointed of the former while Vedat Bilgin became Minister for the latter. Zehra Zumrut Selcuk, the former Minister of Family, Labor and Social Services, was removed. Mehmet Mus was appointed Minister of Trade. Mahmut Ozer became the education minister with resignation of Ziya Selcuk nearly four months after the April revisions.

The Ministry of Labor with the Ministry of Family as well as the Ministry of Treasury and the Ministry of Finance were merged in the presidential system. However, considering the workload, the Ministry of Family, Labor and Social policies was separated. There is no mention of splitting the up the Ministry of Treasury and the Ministry of Finance again but there has been talk of breaking apart the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry as well as the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization are now being due to their current workloads, though no steps have been taken in this direction yet.

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