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No tax hikes seen for Turkey in 2017, PM Yildirim says


ANKARA (Reuters) - No tax hikes are planned for Turkey in 2017 and no new state personnel will be hired beyond those already planned, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Thursday.

Yildirim, who was announcing a package of measures designed to bolster both the lira currency and the stalling economy, also defended the independence of the central bank, saying it was able to take measures when necessary.

(Reporting by Ercan Gurses and Humeyra Pamuk; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)