ANKARA — Turkey’s new Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, on Thursday, reappointed all key ministers who served under the new president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, AP reports. Davutoglu made no substantial changes to Erdogan’s old government, with the bulk of his ministers staying in place. Mevlut Cavusoglu took over the Foreign Ministry from Davutoglu.
Cavusoglu, a founding member of Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, was previously the president of the parliamentary assembly of the 47-nation Council of Europe (PACE), and visited Armenia in this capacity.
Cavusoglu had a tense rapport with the Armenian authorities when he served as president of PACE from 2010-2012. He faced allegations of anti-Armenian bias after he tried to revive an Azerbaijan-backed PACE “subcommittee” dealing with the Karabakh dispute. Armenian members of the PACE claimed at the time, that their Turkish and Azerbaijani colleagues want to use the panel for lobbying for a pro-Azerbaijani solution to the dispute.