Former Economic Affairs Minister DerviI accepts deputy PM role under CHP

According to the Handuumlrriyet daily, DerviI and CHP leader Kemal KIlIandccedildaroIlu had a day of meeting at CHP headquarters in Ankara, where they exchanged views about DerviIand#39s possible contributions to the party.

CHP leader KIlIandccedildaroIlu reportedly offered DerviI, who recently stated that he had no intention of becoming a deputy, a position where he would be an independent minister outside Parliament, and DerviI accepted the offer

DerviI worked at the World Bank for over two decades before assuming his role as Turkeyand#39s minister of economic affairs, taking office in 2001 when the country was in the midst of an economic crisis.

The former minister is largely credited with having successfully gotten Turkey out of the crisis by 2002. He is currently vice president and director of the Washington-based Brookings Institution.

Meanwhile, Turkeyand#39s lira weakened to 26 against the dollar on Thursday, its weakest level in one week, on concerns about the repercussions of the military operations launched by Saudi Arabia and Gulf region allies in Yemen. On Thursday afternoon, the lira stood at 26005 against the US currency, just off a peak of 26013, and compared with 25737 late on Wednesday.

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SOURCE: Today’s Zaman