Turkey's Erdogan to host second cabinet meeting in March

Erdogan announced that the Council of Ministers, Turkey's weekly cabinet meeting chaired by the prime minister, will gather at the presidential palace on March 9, 2015. This will be the second such gathering at the presidential palace after the first one held on Jan. 19. 

Turkey's Erdogan to host second cabinet meeting in March

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday he would host his second cabinet meeting as head of state on March 9.

Erdogan is Turkey's first directly elected president and has repeatedly vowed to wield more power than his predecessors, prompting critics to accuse him of establishing a "de facto" presidential system. Previous heads of state have only led cabinet meetings in times of crisis.

Erdogan also said on Monday a military incursion into Syria to relocate a tomb considered sovereign Turkish territory was a temporary measure for security reasons and not a retreat.

"The Suleyman Shah tomb operation is not a retreat, it is a temporary move in order not to risk soldiers' lives," Erdogan said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Şubat 2015, 00:01