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Turkey

Turkish PM Davutoglu presents new cabinet

Turkey's new premier Ahmet Davutoglu has announced his government with most ministers retaining the positions they held under Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who now holds the presidency.

Prime Minister Davutoglu announced a ministerial line-up on Friday with only four changes from Erdogan's former cabinet.

Davutoglu gave his former job of foreign minister to Mevlut Cavusoglu, former European Union affairs minister. Cavusoglu, 46, was one of the founder members of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Volkan Bozkir, a former ambassador, replaced Cavusoglu as chief negotiator with the bloc.

Another new member is Yalcin Akdogan, one of Erdogan's chief advisors, who has been made a deputy prime minister.

In line with expectations, Ali Babacan, the top minister in charge of the economy, retained his post, as did Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek. The only woman in the cabinet is Family and Social Policy Minister Aysenur Islam.

Davutoglu won approval for his cabinet at a meeting with Erdogan at the presidential palace on Friday.

Erdogan was sworn in as president on Thursday, extending his more than decade-long political domination of the country. He won the presidential election on August 10 with almost 52 percent of the vote. It was the first time Turks have directly elected their head of state.

Davutoglu's premiership must still be confirmed by parliament.

The AKP allows members to hold the same position for up to three terms, which means a bigger shake up is likely at next year's general election.

hc/ng (AFP, dpa)

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