Erdoğan sworn in as Turkish president with enhanced powers

Andrew Cummings
July 12, 2018

PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE ©2018PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu was yesterday among 22 Heads of State and foreign dignitaries invited to attend Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's inauguration ceremony in the capital, Ankara.

The event at parliament in the capital, Ankara, concludes the country's transition from a parliamentary system to an executive presidency, in line with the constitutional changes approved in a referendum a year ago.

Erdogan took the oath of office at the Turkish Parliament headquarters at the Grand National Assembly chaired by Acting Parliament Speaker Durmus Yilmaz.

During the inauguration ceremony, Dr.Al Sunaidy conveyed greetings of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said to the Turkish President, along with His Majesty's best wishes to him, and the friendly Turkish people further progress and prosperity. "Erdogan's executive powers allow him to single handedly appoint the CBRT governor and deputy governors".

Separately on Tuesday, a president decree carried by the Turkish Official Gazette appointed ground forces Commander General Yasar Guler as the new chief of the general staff, replacing Akar.


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan poses for photos with the new cabinet members in Ankara, Turkey, on July 9, 2018.

"As the 12th president [of the nation] and the first president of the presidential system, I once more vow to strengthen the unity and brotherhood of our nation, develop the country, and elevate the state".

Erdogan's son-in-law Berat Albayrak, a former energy minister, has been appointed minister of treasury and finance, overseeing the economy.

Erdogan, who first came to power as premier in 2003, won 52.6 per cent of ballots cast in June, higher than the 51.79 per cent he garnered in the 2014 polls.

Turkey has been waging a crackdown on dissent against Erdogan since a failed coup attempt in 2016.


The introduction of the new presidential system marks the biggest overhaul of governance since the republic was established on the ruins of the Ottoman Empire almost a century ago.

"There is no stopping for us until we bring Turkey - which we saved from plotters, coupists and political and economic hitmen, street gangs and terrorist organisations - to among the top 10 economies in the world", he said. It stood at 4.5655 against the dollar at 1508 GMT, strengthening slightly from Friday's close of 4.5745.

Lawmakers from the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) stood up, as is customary, during Erdogan's swearing-in, while opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) and Good (IYI) Party lawmakers did not.

In the aftermath of the 2016 coup, Turkey, a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance and still nominally a candidate to join the European Union, has detained some 160,000 people, jailed journalists and shut down dozens of media outlets.


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