Erdogan assumes greater powers as new era begins

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.

The new system was agreed in a bitterly fought 2017 referendum, but the changes have been vehemently denounced by the opposition.

"Turkey is entering a new era", Erdogan told his ruling AK Party at the weekend.

The president has promised to lift the emergency conditions later this month but in the hours before his swearing in he used to issue two more edicts. Under the new presidential system Erdogan will have the power to dissolve Parliament, appoint or remove vice presidents, ministers, judges and high level officials as well as issue executive decrees and lift or impose a state of emergency. "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.

No more. From Monday, it is a presidential republic under its omnipotent leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim will on Monday go down in history as the 27th and final holder of a post that has existed since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk founded modern Turkey, and whose origins date back to the Ottoman Empire.

Meanwhile Mevlut Cavusoglu remains in his post as foreign minister.


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. Erdogan's supporters see the changes as a just reward for a leader who has put Islamic values at the core of public life, championed the pious working classes and overseen years of strong economic growth.

"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".

Erdogan is expected to name a streamlined cabinet of 16 ministers on Monday evening after a ceremony at the presidential palace for more than 7,000 guests, including Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who is wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court.

"The pace at which he (Erdogan) is moving to tighten his grip is alarming and, in response, Turkish financial assets have come under pressure", said Jason Tuvey, senior emerging markets economist at Capital Economics, in a note to clients. Those times have already arrived, with the economic boom he's presided over threatening to turn into a bust, and a crackdown on dissent gaining new momentum. 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.

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

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has won the country's election, claiming new executive powers that critics say erode democracy.

Before Erdogan took oath for a new term in office, the government removed a clause that had stated the central bank governor was appointed by cabinet decision for five years, and could be re-appointed.

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