Erdogan rejects Turkish interior minister's resignation: presidency

FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends a videoconference with G20 leaders to discuss the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Huber Mansion in Istanbul, Turkey, March 26, 2020. Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has not accepted the resignation of Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, the Turkish presidency said on Sunday.

“The resignation of our interior minister has not been accepted by the president, he will continue his duty,” the presidency’s communications directorate said. Soylu earlier said he was resigning after criticism of a weekend lockdown to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by Dominic Evans