Turkish Minister of Internal Affairs Suleyman Soylu resigned on Sunday night. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejected his resignation and as a result Soylu will keep his post as Minister of Internal Affairs.
In a written statement, Soylu notes:
“In a diligent and meticulous process, the responsibility for the decision to impose a curfew over the weekend which was intended to prevent the epidemic, lies upon me in every aspect. Images that surfaced at the beginning, even while the curfew was in force, do not match this process. In this case, in which I had all the experience and the share of responsibility, there shouldn’t have been such images. In good faith, it was a step towards curbing the epidemic and the spread to some extent over the weekend. To my beloved nation, which I never intended to harm, I will be faithful to the end of my life; Mr. President, forgive me. I am stepping down from my post at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which I have honored. Goodbye to all my colleagues and friends. God bless our nation”. /ibna