Former Justice and Development Party (AK Party) deputy Yahya Baş was appointed deputy minister of transportation, maritime affairs and communications on Wednesday.
Announcements regarding the new postings to the Ministry of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications, as well as the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, were published in the Official Gazette. According to the announcement, Habib Soluk, who served as an interim minister of transportation during election campaigning last year, was appointed undersecretary to the ministry. As is the case with several other ministries, the minister of transportation is required to resign during in the run-up to elections, during which time Soluk served.
Baş, a former 22nd term AK Party deputy from İstanbul, was born in 1952 and raised in the northeastern province of Trabzon, where he completed primary school and continued his education at an imam-hatip high school in İstanbul. He graduated from the faculty of architecture at Yıldız Technical University, and later attended Marmara University for Islamic studies. Baş, a father of children, later served as mayor of Güngören, a district in İstanbul province, in between 1994 and 2002. He speaks French and Arabic.
Meanwhile, Sadi Civelekoğlu was appointed deputy director of mining at the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. Osman Demirci was assigned to serve as advisor to the same ministry, while Kenan Bozgeyik, formerly undersecretary to the Ministry of Family and Social Policy, was appointed advisor to the Prime Ministry.