ANKARA

Turkey’s president turned down Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu’s resignation late Sunday which he had tendered over incidents that occurred ahead of a weekend curfew across much of the country to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Soylu “submitted his resignation to the President [Recep Tayyip Erdogan], and our President told him that he did not find the request suitable,” Turkey’s Communications Directorate said in a statement.

“The resignation of our Minister of Interior has not been accepted. He will continue in his duties,” it said.

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