ANKARA Dec 8 Turkish state institutions will
avoid contracts in foreign currencies unless "absolutely
necessary", Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Thursday, as
the government looks to stem a slide in the lira currency.
At a news conference in Ankara to announce a package of
measures designed to help both the lira and the stalling
economy, Yildirim said existing state contracts would be
converted to lira where possible.
A schedule has been drawn up for structural reforms in 2017,
with the aim to limit the role of the state, he said.
(Reporting by Ercan Gurses and Humeyra Pamuk; Writing by David
Dolan; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)