Turkey says no doubts about inflation data after top figure replaced

The Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK) criticised news reports that sought to link the replacement of a key bureaucrat with worsening inflation data.

The institute said its calculations of inflation are made according to international standards and are independent of politics and personnel, newspaper Haberturk reported on its website.

TUIK made the statement after news reports emerged that the deputy director of TUIK was dismissed from duty because of data showing consumer price inflation jumping to 24.5 percent in September from 17.9 percent the previous month. Enver Taştı, in charge of collating the figures, was replaced on Wednesday, the same day that the data was released.

Yinal Yağan, Taştı’s replacement, has worked closely with Turkish Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son-in-law, during Albayrak’s time as energy minister. As well as the energy ministry, Yağan has worked at the Ministry of Trade, where he helped collect statistics on Turkey’s trade with the rest of the world.

Albayrak may promote Yağan to director of TUIK, replacing current incumbent Mehmer Aktaş, who has served as acting director since February 2016, Sözcü newspaper said on Saturday.

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