Monday 23 January 2017

New Turkish government wins parliament vote of confidence

Published 29/05/2016 | 12:21

New Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (third from left) and his ministers raise their hands during a vote of confidence for his cabinet at the parliament in Ankara (AP)
New Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (third from left) and his ministers raise their hands during a vote of confidence for his cabinet at the parliament in Ankara (AP)

Turkey's new government, led by a close ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has easily won a vote of confidence in parliament.

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Legislators voted 315-138 on Sunday to approve Prime Minister Binali Yildirim's government.

Mr Yildirim, 60, replaced former premier Ahmet Davutoglu, who stepped down after falling out of favour with Mr Erdogan over a range of issues.

They included Mr Davutoglu's apparent lack of enthusiasm for constitutional changes, pressed by Mr Erdogan, which would transform his largely ceremonial presidency into one where the president wields more power.

Mr Yildirim has promised to immediately work toward passing the controversial constitutional changes demanded by Mr Erdogan.

On Sunday, Mr Yildirim took a more unifying tone, saying the new government would serve the whole nation and advance democracy, human rights and freedoms.

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