Turkey to Be Transformed as Erdogan Sworn in With Vastly Expanded Powers

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan leaves his seat to address members of parliament from his ruling party in Ankara Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan leaves his seat to address members of parliament from his ruling party in Ankara Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has unveiled his new cabinet, composed of 16 ministers, after being sworn in with new powers for another five-year term in office.

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 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.

Opponents say the move marks a lurch to authoritarianism, accusing Erdogan of eroding the secular institutions set up by modern Turkey's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and driving it further from Western values of democracy and free speech.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Chief of Staff General Hulusi Akar. As head of the executive branch, Erodgan will have the power to issue decrees with the force of law, prepare the budget subject to parliament's approval, dissolve parliament and call for new presidential and parliamentary elections, and appoint high-level officials, including ministers and some top judges.

Mr Erdogan has largely ruled by fiat since 2016, when he imposed a state of emergency on the country in response to a failed coup attempt against him. 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.

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.

Political and religious representatives from the Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia also attended the ceremony.

There are 16 ministers in Erdogan's streamlined new cabinet, which Erdogan has said will be more efficient and act faster.

The post of prime minister will be scrapped.

Erdogan has been in power for 15 years, first as prime minister, and then as president, from 2014.

"For the cabinet appointments in the past several years, the most important issue has been the presence of the current deputy prime minister, Mehmet Simsek", said Inan Demir, a senior economist at Nomura International.

Erdogan is a self-described "enemy of interest rates" and investors are concerned that his push for cheaper borrowing costs will mean he will look to take greater control of monetary policy under the new system. "It is a question of time until this will take the country's economy down". The European Union Affairs Ministry has been integrated into the Foreign Ministry.

The two-day North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit started with the attendance of 29 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation heads of state and government to make important decisions on the future of the alliance. A powerful campaigner, he is Turkey's most successful and divisive leader in recent history.

President Erdogan invited President Lungu along with Gabonese President Ali Bongo, Jose Mario Vaz of Guinea Bissau and Equatorial Guinea President, Teodoro Obiang Nguema to his inauguration. After his election victory two weeks ago, Erdogan said he would spare no effort to spur economic growth.

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