Erdogan rejects Turkish minister's resignation

Erdogan rejects Turkish minister's resignation

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused the resignation of the country's interior minister Suleyman Soylu over his handling of an abrupt nationwide lockdown.

"The incidents that occurred ahead of the implementation of the curfew were not befitting the perfect management of the outbreak," Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said in statement on Twitter in which he said he was resigning.

Erdogan, however, judged it was not "appropriate" for Soylu to resign and the minister would continue in his position, the presidency said shortly afterwards, the AP reported.

Soylu's statement came just before the end of the weekend lockdown in 31 provinces across Turkey, including its largest city and commercial hub Istanbul, home to 16 million residents.