Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan sworn in with new presidential powers

Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan sworn in with new presidential powers

Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan sworn in with new presidential powers

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been sworn in for another term as president of Turkey, inaugurating a new political system that grants the leader vast powers. On Monday, he appointed his son-in-law, Berat Albayrak, to head a newly formed treasury and finance ministry, sidelining previous office holders in the process.

Originally published by a popular satire weekly magazine, the cartoon was the subject of a defamation lawsuit by Erdogan 12 years ago, when he was Turkey's prime minister.

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

Critics say the new system undermines impartiality and could lead to one-man rule with limited checks and balances, especially with a weakened judiciary and parliament.

Emre Erdogan, professor of political science at Istanbul's Bilgi University, said the parliament's powers were "highly restricted" under the new system.

The lira, which has lost almost a fifth of its value against the dollar this year, dropped almost 3 per cent to 4.74 to the USA currency after the cabinet announcement.

He was received by the Deputy Governor of Ankara, Dr. Qasim bin Mohammed Al Salehi, Sultanate's Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey and Turkish officials.

Erdogan received Morocco's Speaker of the House of Representatives Habib El Malki, who represented King Mohammed VI at the inauguration ceremony of the Turkish president in Ankara.

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"Albayrak becoming the finance minister is not a good sign especially because of his close relationship with President Erdogan".

Erdogan said in May he would take further control of the central bank after June 24 elections, which sent the lira tumbling to a record low against the dollar, and forced the central bank to aggressively raise rates.

Mevlut Cavusoglu will remain as Turkey's foreign minister and Suleyman Soylu as the country's interior minister.

There is a two-term limit on the office of the president, so he could effectively stay in power until 2028.

His supporters see them as just reward for a leader who has put Islamist values at the core of public life, championed the pious working classes and built airports, hospitals and schools. "In other words, Turkey will be an institutionalized autocracy".

The state anthems of Turkey and Azerbaijan were played.

"The central bank will not have independence, there will be no restraints on the president in determining the budget [and] spending priorities", said Kuran. An adviser to Erdogan later said that the governor's term would remain at five years. The currency has nosedived this year and inflation reached its highest level in more than a decade last month.

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