Turkey's Erdogan sworn in with new powers, names son-in-law finance minister

10 July, 2018, 06:23 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • Erdogan urges 'correct evaluation' of Turkish elections

But his opponents fear that his new role as executive president will destroy Turkish democracy.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan receives his oath as he is sworn in Monday at the Turkish Parliament in Ankara, Turkey.

Mr Buhari welcomed his invitation to the Monday 9th inauguration but regretted his inability to be personally present. The prime minister will not exist in the new system.

Presidents Buhari and Erdogan enjoy a great relationship and have met a number of times since their coming into office.

Later on Monday, Erdogan, who secured another five-year term by winning 52.5 percent of the votes in the June 24 presidential election, will announce his new cabinet.

A supporter of Turkey's President and ruling Justice and Development Party leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives for an election rally in Istanbul on May 29, 2018.

"Albayrak was one of 16 ministers named in the new streamlined cabinet after the ceremony at the presidential palace, which state news agency Anadolu said was attended by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who is wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court".

Under the changes, the post of prime minister will be scrapped, and Erdogan will select his own cabinet and regulate ministries and remove civil servants, all without parliamentary approval.

After taking the oath, Erdogan plans to visit the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern, secular, Turkish Republic.

"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. In what appeared to be the final emergency decree issued just one day before the inauguration, 18,632 public sector employees were ordered dismissed, including thousands of soldiers and police officers. However, major Western leaders would not be in attendance, according to Reuters.

"Most powers will be concentrated in his hands, there will no longer be a prime minister, and nearly none of the checks and balances of liberal democracies will be present. In other words, Turkey will be an institutionalized autocracy", former EU Ambassador to Turkey Marc Pierini said. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Turkey's relations with its Western allies have been strained by disputes with the United States over military strategy in Syria and by European Union criticism of Ankara's large-scale purges of state institutions, armed forces, police and media following the failed coup.

Erdogan will this week immediately turn to foreign policy, visiting northern Cyprus and Azerbaijan followed by more challenging encounters at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels where he will meet his USA counterpart Donald Trump and other leaders.

Inflation surged last month above 15 percent, its highest level in more than a decade, despite interest rate hikes of 500 basis points by the central bank since April.

Earlier on Monday the lira briefly dropped more than 1 percent after a decree removed a clause stipulating a five-year term for the central bank governor.



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