Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declined the Interior Minister's resignation, the Presidency said in a statemen, APA reports quoting Sputnik.
"The resignation of our Minister of Interior has not been accepted, he will continue to serve", the statement read.
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu resigned Sunday evening over an announcement Friday night of a weekend curfew, after which about 250,000 people flooded shops and bakeries across Turkey, APA reports quoting Daily Sabah.
"All responsibility regarding the implementation of the curfew lies on me," he said regarding the incident.
Soylu added that the failure to timely announce the curfew was not in line with Turkey's ongoing fight against the novel coronavirus.
The timing of the announcement drew fire from citizens across the country, with many saying that such a move served to increase the risk of spreading the virus at a time when social distancing and isolation are encouraged.