Turkish Parliament approves new government

Turkey's Parliament ratified the membership of a new government Wednesday in another boost for the prime minister, a devout Muslim, after months of confrontation with secular elements. The new Cabinet includes politicians with Islamist and secular backgrounds, some with reformist streaks, underscoring the government's commitment to winning entry to the European Union. The Parliament voted 337-197 in favor of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government. His party, Justice and Development, holds 340 of 550 parliamentary seats. The government needed only a simple majority to win, making the vote a formality. "Our government will continue to work in the service of the people from where it left off," Erdogan said after the vote. "May Allah be our companion and help us."