Erdoğan sworn in as Turkish president with enhanced powers
Erdogan narrowly won a referendum previous year to replace Turkey's parliamentary democracy with a system featuring an all-powerful presidency, and followed that with a hard-fought election victory last month to the newly strengthened post.
Erdogan, who first came to power as premier in 2003, won 52.6 per cent of ballots cast in June, higher than the 51.79pc he garnered in the 2014 polls.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, accompanied by his wife Emine Erdogan, greets his supporters as he drives to the parliament to take the oath of office for a new presidential term. The prime minister will not exist in the new system.
"Erdogan, 64, says the new, powerful executive presidency is vital to drive economic growth, ensure security after a failed 2016 military coup and safeguard Turkey from conflict across its southern border in Syria and Iraq".
His inauguration at the 1,150-room presidential palace will be attended by 22 presidents and 28 prime ministers and parliament speakers, among others, state News Agency, Anadolu, reported.
"As president, I swear upon my honor and integrity, before the great Turkish nation and history, to work with all my power to protect and exalt the glory and honor of the Republic of Turkey", Erdogan said in his speech to Parliament after being sworn in.
Erdgoan has said he will announce the cabinet on Monday night, promising to make appointments from outside parliament and to slim down his ministerial team to 16 from more than 20.
The post of prime minister has been scrapped and the president will be able to select a cabinet, regulate ministries and remove civil servants, all without parliamentary approval.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi were due to attend the ceremony. "For the cabinet appointments in the past several years, the most important issue has been the presence of the current deputy prime minister, Mehmet Simsek", said Inan Demir, a senior economist at Nomura International. Investors are keen to see Mehmet Simsek, now deputy prime minister, continue at the helm of the economy. Erdogan has been often criticized by investors for weakening the power of the central bank and interfering in its decisions. He also promised to take Turkey "much further" by solving the economy's structural problems.
He added, "Logically, in view of the President's selective attendance of these global meetings, summit and ceremonies, which of the two events were our president supposed to attend-Inauguration Ceremony in Turkey located in the European Union territory or the AU heads of State Summit in the African territory?"
Governance activist Macdonald Chipenzi has questioned President Edgar Lungu priorities after the Head of State travelled d to Turkey to attend the inauguration of that country's re-elected leader Recep Tayyip Erdo?an. After his election victory two weeks ago, Erdogan said he would spare no effort to spur economic growth. "We are leaving behind the system that has in the past cost our country a heavy price in political and economic chaos".
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