Turkey's new government: Key figures in Erdogan's cabinet Reuters

ANKARA, June 3 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan opened his government on Saturday after extending his 10-year rule in May elections. A new cabinet was appointed, including new finance ministers and foreign ministers.

Here is a description of the most important people in the Cabinet:


Former Finance Minister Simsek has been appointed Minister of Economy and Finance. He was highly regarded by financial markets during his tenure as finance minister and deputy prime minister from 2009 to 2018. His appointment appeared to mark a departure from years of policy. Distressed bonds benefited from low interest rates despite rising inflation and strong market controls. Before taking political office, Simsek worked as an economist at the U.S. embassy in Ankara and later at Merrill Lynch. He is known for his strategic approach and support for economic reforms aimed at boosting growth, attracting foreign investment and ensuring financial stability.

Advertisement · Continue to Continue One of Erdogan's closest allies, Fidan has been the head of the National Intelligence Service (MIT) since 2010 and before that was Erdogan's adviser in the Prime Minister's Office. Fidan served as a non-commissioned officer in the Turkish Army from 1986 to 2001 and as Minister of Development and Cooperation from 2003 to 2007. The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has disbanded in Oslo.

YASAR GULER - Minister of Defense

Yasar Guler has been appointed Minister of Defense. Ghurair, 69, has served in the army for 49 years and has served as army chief of staff since 2018. He was appointed after Hulus Akar, who served as army chief during the Syrian-Turkish war, became defense minister. 2019 and 2020, and oversee future military operations there and in Iraq.

CEVDET YILMAZ - Office of the President

Cevdet Yilmaz, an orthodox financial manager, was appointed Vice President. Previously, he served as Minister of Development, Vice Chairman of Finance of AK Group and Deputy Minister of Finance. Yilmaz, 56, chairs the Planning and Budget Committee of the Turkish Parliament since November 2020.

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