Erdogan meeting prime minister, cabinet reshuffle could happen: sources

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets with Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in Ankara on July 19, 2017.

:: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is meeting Prime Minister Binali Yildirim at the presidential palace on Wednesday, and a cabinet reshuffle could be on the cards, three sources with knowledge of the matter said.

Erdogan’s office announced the unscheduled meeting earlier on Wednesday, and the three sources said a reshuffle could be in the works, declining to be identified because the information is not yet public.

“There is a strong likelihood that there could be a decision on a cabinet reshuffle after the meeting,” said one of the sources, who is close to the presidency.

In a separate statement, Erdogan’s office said Yildirim would hold a news conference at the presidential palace in Ankara after the meeting. It was expected to be held at 1000 GMT.

A cabinet reshuffle has been widely expected since May, when Erdogan resumed his leadership of the ruling AK Party following an April 16 constitutional referendum giving him sweeping new powers.

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