Turkey’s Erdoğan to appoint top bureaucrats based on CVs submitted to his office

With the start of a new presidential system in Turkey on Monday, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will appoint hundreds of important bureaucrats from a pool of CVs sent to his office, Deutsche Welle reported on Friday.

According to the report, people who want to work in state posts in the new presidential system will send their CVs to the Presidential Human Resources Office. Erdoğan will make appointments to some 500 top state posts from the pool of the CVs. A five-year contract will be signed with the appointed bureaucrats.

In the new system all deputy positions including deputy undersecretaries and deputy general managers will be abolished within the bureaucracy, with the exception of the post of deputy minister. Bureaucrats in positions above heads of departments in ministries and other state institutions will be appointed directly by Erdoğan.

Meanwhile, President Erdoğan on Saturday said he could appoint ministers from among members of Parliament, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported. “In order to confound you, ministers could be from parliament as well. Why not?” Erdoğan told reporters in response to questions about the first cabinet to be named in a new presidential system.

With a constitutional reform package approved in a public referendum in April 2017, Turkey switched from a parliamentary to a presidential system of governance. According to the new system, cabinet ministers cannot simultaneously be members of Parliament.

“With the swearing-in ceremony on Monday, Turkey will step into a new era,” Erdoğan said, addressing his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) parliamentary group.

Speaking about Monday’s inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace following the swearing-in of new deputies in Parliament on Saturday, Erdoğan said 22 presidents and 17 prime ministers, vice presidents and parliament speakers would be present at his palace.

Erdoğan also said he would meet with his new cabinet following Friday prayer at Ankara’s Hacıbayram Mosque.

The new presidential system, which was approved in a referendum in April 2017, grants Erdoğan, who won re-election on June 24, sweeping new powers. Turkey’s Parliament will convene on Saturday for the swearing-in of newly elected lawmakers, which will be followed by President Erdoğan’s inauguration on July 9.

Following the oath-taking ceremony, Erdoğan will issue the first presidential decree by which the new ministries will be formed and presidential organizations will be established under the president’s authority. (SCF with turkishminute.com)

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