The new composition of Turkey’s government makes it possible to understand the political and economic situation in the country.
The new government consists mainly of the ministers who took up their positions before the parliamentary election of June 7, 2015.
Only four ministers are new political figures in the Cabinet of Ministers. Among them are the Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication Ahmet Aslan, Minister of Environment and Urban Planning Mehmet Ozhaseki, Minister of Science, Industry and Technology Faruk Ozlu and Minister of Family and Social Policy Fatma Betul Kaya.
Today, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the new Cabinet of Ministers shows that there are no staff problems in the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
Nevertheless, the fact that the new government includes only four new ministers indicates that there are staff problems.
The AKP’s staff shortage has already become a topic of discussion in Turkey, especially after a number of leading politicians, such as Ahmet Davutoglu, former prime minister, Abdullah Gul, ex-president, Bulent Arinc and Ali Babacan, former deputy prime ministers, were debarred from the party’s political life.
Also it is not ruled out that after Ahmet Davutoglu has left the government, the AKP’s political future is directly linked to the current president. That is, in case if the current president leaves his position, the AKP will lose its relevance.
Creation of a new “opposition” from the members of the current ruling party is also discussed.
After approval of the new Cabinet of Ministers in Turkey, a number of issues arose regarding a possible change in Turkey’s energy, as well as domestic and foreign policies.
The new Prime Minister Binali Yildirim answered these questions in his first speech in brief.
He said Ankara sees the instability in the South Caucasus as its own problem. This shows that Ankara’s policy towards the South Caucasus will not change.
Regarding the relations between the EU and Turkey, Yildirim clearly stated that Turkey has problems in its relations with the EU.
Appointment of ex-press secretary of the AKP, Omer Celik, as the minister for EU affairs shows that no one should expect any changes in Ankara’s relations with the EU, as Celik is a more conservative politician in comparison with the ex-minister for EU affairs Volkan Bozkir.
No serious changes are expected in Turkey’s energy policy.
As for the Russia-Turkey relations, the new Cabinet of Ministers, led by the new prime minister, is powerless. This issue is not in the competence of the new government – it is up to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and of course, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
In short, no serious political changes should be expected from Turkey’s new government.
Nevertheless, the approval of the new Cabinet of Ministers can be considered as a serious momentum for Turkey’s transition from the parliamentary to the presidential system of government.