Lütfi Elvan, Turkish minister

Lütfi Elvan, new Minister of Economy of Turkey

Elvan, who has held several ministries, hast acknowledged that the resignation of Erdoğan’s son-in-law has been “a surprise” for him.

Lütfi Elvan, former Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, was officially appointed on Tuesday as Turkey’s new Economy Minister to replace Berat Albayrak – who on Sunday announced his resignation citing health reasons – as published today in the Official Gazette of the Republic.

“I have assumed the position as Minister of Treasury and Finance at the discretion of our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. I convey my gratitude to our President, who has honoured me by electing me to this position,” Elvan wrote on Twitter, also thanking the outgoing minister for his services to the country.

In statements made to journalists on Tuesday from the parliament in Ankara, Elvan confessed that Albayrak’s resignation had also come as a surprise to him. “I spoke with Mr. Berat; there will be no transfer ceremony (of the position) due to the minister’s health problem,” Elvan said without going into details about his predecessor’s condition.

Elvan, 58 years old, served as Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey from 2015 to 2016 and has been Minister of Development (2016 to 2018) as well as Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications from 2013 to 2015. He currently held the position of Chairman of the Planning and Budget Committee of Turkish Parliament.

With a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering from Istanbul Technical University (İTÜ), a master’s degree in mining operations and research from the University of Leeds (UK) and another in economics from the University of Delaware (USA), the new Turkey’s Minister of Economy has also held various positions in international institutions such as the OECD and the European Union.