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    Turkey's new Prime Minister Binali Yildrim greets members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) as he arrives for a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Turkey. | Photo: Reuters

Published 24 May 2016

The prime minister, appointed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday, tweaked his cabinet to align more with the president.

Turkey's incoming Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Tuesday unveiled his new cabinet lineup, two days after being given a mandate by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with most key ministers keeping their jobs—but not, notably, the minister for European Union affairs.

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The new cabinet is packed with Erdogan loyalists following the resignation of outgoing premier Ahmet Davutoglu, but contains fewer radical changes than some had predicted.

In the biggest change, ruling party spokesperson Omer Celik will be the new EU affairs minister, replacing Volkan Bozkir, one of the brokers of a controversial deal with Europe to curb the flow of migrants.

Fikri Isik also replaces Ismet Yilmaz as defense minister and there was no place in the cabinet for powerful deputy prime minister Yalcin Akdogan.

Erdogan's son-in-law Berat Albayrak kept his job as energy minister, after suggestions he could have been promoted to an even more senior job.

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It was not immediately clear when the cabinet—which must pass a vote of confidence in parliament—would be sworn in, although it was expected to convene for the first time on Wednesday in the symbolic location of Erdogan's palace, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported.

Yildirim, seen a close ally of Erdogan, was on Sunday elected by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) as its chairman, replacing Davutoglu, who stepped down after a power struggle with the president.

By AKP convention, the posts of premier and ruling party chief are held by the same person.

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