Questions linger over interior minister’s rejected resignation

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This column over the weekend underlined the need for a recalibration of Turkey’s fight against COVID-19 both scientifically and methodologically, given a general observation of the implementation of measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The science part of the fight is under the helm of Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, who is leading the Science Board, while Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu is responsible for the implementation of the measures upon the recommendations of the board and instructions of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The past weekend revealed discordance between the two ministries as a result of the Interior Ministry’s very late announcement of a two-day curfew in 31 provinces late Friday that caused massive panic-buying which led to people breaching all rules of social distancing.

Soylu has publicly accepted his mistake as well as criticisms against him and announced his decision to resign from his position in order not to

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