Turkey’s interim cabinet spokesman calls for peace

New spokesman of interim government, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus issues press statement at Cankaya Palace, Ankara during Turkish cabinet gathering

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Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Numan Kurtulmus

Turkey’s interim cabinet held its first meeting on Tuesday at Cankaya Palace, in Ankara, where new spokesman of interim government, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus issued a press statement calling for peace.

‘’Within this scope, on behalf of our government I feel that it is our responsibility to once again call for peace. On behalf of all our colleagues in the Council of Ministers I would like to celebrate our international day of peace. To mark this day we hope that arms will be silenced, weapons will be buried and hope that our nation who has been living in brotherhood for thousands of years in this land will countinue to live in peace and soundness till the end of time and hope that everyone will act accordingly,’’ said Kurtulmus 

Ahead of the meeting, new cabinet members visited Anitkabir, the mausoleum of the founder of Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Twenty six new members of the cabinet, which include 12 from  the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), two from the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) and one from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) with 11 independent candidates, participated in the meeting.

General assembly of the parliament and the national security council are also expected to meet on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

Following that Turkish political parties failed to form a coalition government after June 7 general election, an interim government was established with the aim of leading the country to a renewed voting on Nov. 1.

In the meantime, the Supreme Election  Board announced on Tuesday that Turkey will open polls in 54 countries with 112 polling stations at diplomatic embassies.

The polling stations will be located in embassies and consulates in the US, Europe, and the Middle East although Turkish citizens will also be able to vote at diplomatic missions in places such as Thailand and China.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a speech in a ceremony held for the opening of court year on Tuesday. Erdogan said ‘’Law should function as an instution on which everyone can readily depend.’’

He also added that ‘’those using terror organisations and parallel states to hinder Turkey’s goals will be disappointed.’’

TRTWorld and agencies