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

Buhari congratulates Erdogan on re-election victory

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan takes the oath of office for his second time with expanded powers.

"As president, I swear upon my honour and integrity, before the great Turkish nation and history, to work with all my power to protect and exalt the glory and honour of the Republic of Turkey", Erdogan told parliament as he took the oath of office.

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

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.

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

On the eve of Monday's inauguration, authorities dismissed more than 18,000 state employees - a lot of them from the police and army - in what the government said would be the final decree under emergency rule imposed following a failed 2016 coup.


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.

Erdogan would become both the head of state and government, with the prime minister's post abolished. Erdogan has prevailed in a dozen local, parliamentary and presidential elections.

Among 22 heads of state attending will be Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, regarded with disdain by Washington but an ally of Erdogan, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

He won re-election on June 24, with 52.59 per cent of votes.

The new cabinet, due to be announced at 1800 GMT, is expected to have a different look, especially after Erdogan said the government would include non-AKP figures. The coup was followed by a crackdown on members of the bureaucracy, judiciary, armed forces, police, media and academia, with more than 130,000 people dismissed from their jobs or arrested.

The markets will keep a close eye on economic appointments, keen to see a steady hand at the helm in a fast-growing economy dogged by double-digit inflation and a widening current account deficit.

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