Erdogan takes on new powers, names son-in-law finance chief

Sergei Bobylev  TASS

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been inaugurated as Turkey's first executive president - following snap elections last month.

Erdogan is scheduled to take the oath of office at the Grand National Assembly in Ankara at 4:30 pm (1330 GMT), as Turkey completes its transition from a parliamentary model to an all-powerful presidency.

Turkey has been waging a crackdown on dissent against Erdogan since a failed coup attempt in 2016.

After the swearing-in held in parliament, Erdogan's inauguration ceremony took place at the presidential palace here with dozens of foreign heads of state and high-ranking officials attending the event.

"INSTITUTIONALISED AUTOCRACY " Marc Pierini, a former European Union ambassador to Turkey and visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, said Erdogan´s new powers would effectively make him a "super-executive president".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan poses for photos with the new cabinet members in Ankara, Turkey, on July 9, 2018.

Those changes concentrate more power in the hands of the president.

Under the new system, Erdogan will not only run the executive branch but also lead his Justice and Development Party in parliament where he is six short of a majority and therefore allied with a nationalist party.


Erdogan, who has transformed Turkey by allowing Islam to play a greater role in public life and boosting the country's global stature, will take his oath nearly two years after defeating a bloody attempted coup.

"But amidst a host of bilateral issues, mismatched expectations and mounting mutual anger in Turkey and Washington, a lasting reset will prove hard to pull off", Danforth warned.

Only the first defense ministers of Turkey (after the establishment of the Republic of Turkey) were servicemen, and starting from 1950, mainly diplomats and lawyers were appointed to this post.

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 unexpected move leaves key details on the future functioning of the central bank unanswered but signals that Erdogan intends to keep to a pledge in May to increase his control over the way monetary policy is made.

Erdogan's son-in-law Berat Albayrak, a former energy minister, has been appointed minister of treasury and finance, overseeing the economy.

"Turkey is among the few countries in the world that has changed its governing system in democratic means", he said Monday.

Observers had speculated that the purge might ease after the elections, but on Sunday the government issued a decree dismissing 18,000 state employees including teachers, police and military officers over alleged links to terrorist groups.

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