Simsek to remain in economy team of new Turkish cabinet

Simsek to remain in economy team of new Turkish cabinet

Sources from within Prime Ministry confirm to Anadolu Agency that Simsek will indeed remain involved in economic matters as deputy PM

ANKARA (AA)- Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek will continue to be part of the economy team in the 65th government, according to sources from Turkey's Prime Ministry.

The Turkish lira rose almost 1 percent against the U.S. dollar after it was announced that Simsek would be staying on as deputy PM, while the country’s main share index in Istanbul was up almost 2 percent.

Sources from within the Prime Ministry then confirmed to Anadolu Agency that Simsek would indeed remain in charge of economic matters as deputy PM.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has approved a cabinet list drafted by new Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, one day after commissioning the premier to form a new cabinet in the wake of the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) extraordinary party congress on May 22.

Simsek was appointed as deputy prime minister on Nov. 24, 2015.

The new cabinet announcement came two hours before the Turkish central bank’s decision on interest rates on Tuesday.

Economists expect that the bank will cut the overnight-lending rate 50 basis points to 9.5 percent, and leave the one-week repurchase at 7.5 percent and unchanged the overnight borrowing rate at 7.25 percent.

Meanwhile, Nihat Zeybekci was named economy minister. He had already occupied the position in the past.

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