Wednesday, May 18

Turkey’s chief of statistics has been fired by Erdogan

The ousted bureau chief Sait Erdal Dincer ended up in bad weather after the statistics agency presented data earlier this month which showed that annual inflation in Turkey in 2021 reached 36.1 percent, the highest level in 19 years.

The inflation rate revealed the depth of the currency crisis developed by the president’s unorthodox interest rate policy, writes the news agency Reuters.

The opposition in the country criticized the agency for presenting what it believes was underreported. The opposition believes that the real increase in the cost of living was at least twice as high.

Erdogan, for his part, criticized the agency for publishing data that he believes was an exaggeration of the extent of Turkey’s damaged economy.

Erdogan has appointed Erhan Cetinkaya, former deputy head of the country’s credit watchdog, but has not given any reasons for the appointment.

The president has also appointed a new justice minister. Former Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag replaces party veteran Abdulhamit Gül.

– I have resigned from my duties as Minister of Justice, a role I have served since 19 July 2017, Gül writes on Twitter.

– I would like to express my gratitude that my request has been approved, he writes further, without giving further explanations.

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