Key economy figures, including Simsek, retained in new Turkish cabinet

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Posted: May 24, 2016 5:03 AM

ANKARA (Reuters) - Some key figures in Turkey's economic management team, including Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek, retained posts in a new cabinet announced on Tuesday, but their precise responsibilities have yet to be revealed.

Simsek, an anchor of investor confidence, was again named as one of five deputy prime ministers, but it was not immediately clear whether he would retain overall responsibility for the economy. Finance Minister Naci Agbal also kept his position.

Nihat Zeybekci, a close ally of President Tayyip Erdogan, returned as economy minister, a post he had held until last November. Erdogan's son-in-law Berat Albayrak kept his position as energy minister.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also remains in post, while former AK Party spokesman Omer Celik becomes the new EU minister at a critical time in Turkey's relations with Europe.

(Reporting by Orhan Coskun and Ece Toksabay; Writing by Nick Tattersall)