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Turkish PM replaces resigned Kurdish ministers

Turkish PM replaces resigned Kurdish ministers

ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu appointed two new cabinet ministers to replace two Kurdish lawmakers who resigned from the interim government amid a flare-up of violence between Kurdish rebels and the army.

EU Affairs Minister Ali Haydar Konca and Development Minister Muslum Dogan resigned on Tuesday after accusing Turkey’s government of promoting a “logic of war”, two months after a 2013 ceasefire with Kurdish rebels fell apart. Davutoglu late on Tuesday swiftly appointed two new ministers described as independents.

Cuneyd Duzyol, under-secretary at the development ministry, replaces Dogan, while Beril Dedeoglu, a female professor at Istanbul’s Galatasaray University, was appointed EU minister. Konca and Dogan had joined the month-old caretaker government ahead of snap polls due on Nov 1 — the first time in Turkish history that representatives of a pro-Kurdish party had taken seats in the government.

Published in Dawn, September 24th , 2015

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