President Erdogan Denied Soylu’s Resignation After Supermarket Lockdown Announcement
Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu resigned on Sunday, after criticism for announcing a two-day lockdown just two hours in advance. President Erdogan has denied Soylu’s resignation.
Interior Minister Soylu announced on Friday that residents of 31 cities had to stay in on Saturday and Sunday to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.
The announcement was made just two hours in advance, sparking supermarkets and panic purchases in Istanbul and several other cities.
After the fierce criticism of his approach, Soylu announces his resignation on Sunday evening.
(May I forgive my country, which I have never wanted to harm, and our President, to whom I will be loyal all my life. I resign as Minister of the Interior, for which I received the honour. “
The coronavirus already killed more than 1,100 people in Turkey.