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Erdogan sworn in with new powers, names son-in-law as finance minister

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan greets members of parliament from his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara Turkey Erdoğan sworn in as Turkish president with enhanced powers
Ginger Lawrence | 12 July, 2018, 00:37

Abolishing the post of prime minister, the president will now form the government, appoint ministers, vice presidents and high-level bureaucrats, issue decrees, prepare the budget and has the power to impose a state of emergency.

On April 16, 2017, the Turkish people voted in a referendum to change the constitution from a parliamentary to a presidential system.

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani attended the inauguration ceremony of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was sworn in for a new presidential term, assuming sweeping powers he won in a referendum past year and sealed in a hard-fought re-election victory two weeks ago.

Erdogan was sworn in under new presidential system at 4.30 p.m. local time.

"A partisan one-man regime starts officially today", said the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announces the new Turkish cabinet in Ankara, on July 9, 2018.

The new government faces immediate economic challenges.

Turkey's army may come under the authority of the defence ministry. He is expected to become speaker of the new parliament. Erdogan said that folk dancing and a laser show had been cancelled as a result.

Speaking during a handover ceremony in Ankara, Albayrak pledged to work hard to bring inflation down to single digits and also to ensure a sustainable and healthy growth.

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Mazbouh fiercely criticized the way she had been treated, claiming she was "harassed by taxi drivers and men in the street". Saturday's ruling against Mona el-Mazbouh, reported by state-run Al-Ahram news agency, can be appealed.

Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani with Sudan's President, Omer Al Bashir and former president of Turkey, Abdullah Gul, during the inauguration ceremony of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In a tweet, Maduro hailed Erdogan as a "friend of Venezuela and leader of the new multi-polar world".

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was quoted by Doğan News Agency on Monday as saying that Turkey is also preparing to take on a new, bigger role in the transatlantic alliance with a task to command the Very High Readiness Joint Force (VJFT) in 2021 along with France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom.

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 US President Donald Trump and other leaders.

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

The lira, which has lost almost a fifth of its value against the dollar this year, dropped almost 3 percent to 4.74 to the dollar minutes after the cabinet announcement. Investors are keen to see Mehmet Simsek, now deputy prime minister, continue at the helm of the economy.

His Justice and Development (AK) party and its ally the Nationalist Action party (MHP) hold a majority in the legislature.

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.

One day ahead of the inauguration, 18,632 public sector employees were ordered dismissed, including thousands of soldiers and police officers in a new crackdown.