Turkey's President Erdogan decides to slash number of  ministries, speed up decisions.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he will cut the number of ministries sharply to 16 and speed up decision-making in the next government if he wins an election on Sunday, which will herald a transition to an executive presidency.

Turks vote today, present weekend, for both presidential and parliamentary elections, with Erdogan aiming to extend his 15 year rule and assume sweeping new powers which he says the country need to address economic and security threats.

''When I was the prime minister there were 37 ministries. We reduced this to 26. Now we will lower it to 16,'' Erdogan said in an interview with ATV on Thursday evening after flying in to to a new huge airport under construction on Istanbul's European side.

Polls indicate elections may be closer than anticipated when Erdogan called the snap elections in April, suggesting he may be pushed to a second-round run-off for the presidency, and his AKP  could lose its majority in the 600-seat assembly.

He has said that AKP could seek to form a coalition if it fails to secure a parliamentary majority, a prospect which investors fear could lead to political deadlock.

Speaking on Thursday, the president said the number of ministries dealing with the economy will be reduced to three from six.

''With the new system we will reduce bureaucracy. We will take decisons faster, all services will be result oriented.,'' he said.

Aside from the ministries nine policy boards would be formed, reporting to the president, in areas such as social, health and foreign policy, he added.

Officials had last month said Erdogan planned  to streamline government if re-elected, bringing the economic management team under one roof to improve collaboration between the Treasury and Finance Ministry.

One source at the time said the moves would simplify dealings with the government bodies, such as applications for investment incentives for businesses in Turkey.

Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek currently oversees the economy, although the economy, finance, trade and development ministers all hold economy-related positions.[Agencies].


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