Erdogan sworn in as Turkey's president with vast new powers

10 Julio, 2018, 02:09 | Author: Arnold Perez
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan takes the oath of office for his second time with expanded powers.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, was just sworn into office for another five-year term.

On Monday, Erdogan took the presidential oath in the parliament and stepped inside the Beştepe Presidential Complex in Ankara to serve the nation for the next five years.

Erdogan will face immediate and major challenges in his second term, posed by an imbalanced fast-growing economy and foreign policy tensions between the West and Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member. The issue continues to polarise public opinion in Turkey.

After the inauguration, Erdogan will immediately turn to foreign policy, visiting northern Cyprus and Azerbaijan, both traditional first ports of call for a newly elected Turkish leader.

The changes are the result of a bitterly fought referendum in 2017, where Mr Erdogan campaigned for a Yes vote and won narrowly amid allegations of vote rigging. The issue is still polarizing in Turkey.

Opponents say the move marks a lurch to authoritarianism, accusing Erdogan of eroding the secular institutions set up by modern Turkey´s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and driving it further from Western values of democracy and free speech.

But the pro-government daily Yeni Safak hailed it as an "historic day", saying: "One page is closing in Turkish history and a new page is opening".

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports President Erdogan emerged victor of the June 25 Turkish presidential election with 52.5 per cent of the total votes cast during the exercise.

The president now sits at the top of a vertical power structure marked by a slimmed-down government with 16 ministries instead of 26 and multiple bodies reporting to him.

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In one of the most significant changes, the European Union affairs ministry, set up in 2011 to oversee Turkey's faltering bid to join the bloc, will be subsumed into the foreign ministry.

Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Saturday nominated Yildirim as parliament speaker, an appointment likely to be rubber-stamped by the chamber on Thursday.

The transition ceremony was overshadowed by a deadly train derailment in northwest Turkey on Sunday that killed 24 people and injured hundreds.

Among them were Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

He is expected to announced the members of the cabinet later on Monday.

Turkish Presidential Press Secretary Ibrahim Kalin.

Meanwhile Mevlut Cavusoglu remains in his post as foreign minister.

Turkey also faces a widening current account deficit making it reliant on weak foreign investment to plug the gap.

Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in again as Turkey's president on Monday, assuming sweeping powers he won in a referendum past year and sealed in a hard-fought re-election victory two weeks ago.

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