Tuesday, 17 July, 2018


Erdogan assumes new presidential powers, tightening control over Turkey

Conrad Doyle | 10 July, 2018, 14:22

Reuters adds: After taking the oath of office in parliament, he addressed worldwide leaders gathered at the presidential palace in Ankara. "There is no stopping for us until we bring Turkey - which we saved from plotters, coupists and political and economic hitmen, street gangs and terrorist organisations - to among the top 10 economies in the world", he said.

Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen. Ümit Dündar was named as the new Commander of Turkish Land Forces and Lt. Gen. Metin Gürak was appointed as the new Deputy Chief of General Staff by the new decree.

"After backtracking on his own words that he would never travel overseas, President Edgar Lungu chose to miss the AU Head of States Summit in Mauritania which was making continental decisions, which decisions will also affect Zambia", Mr Chipenzi said. Erdogan's re-election in the June 24 polls marked Turkey's transition to an executive presidential system of government, abolishing the prime minister's post, among other changes.

Mr Erdogan has said the powerful executive presidency is vital to driving economic growth and to ensure security after a failed 2016 military coup.

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.

In a telephone conversation with President Erdogan Friday evening, President Buhari expressed the hope that the results of the recently held elections will strengthen democracy and lead Turkey towards more economic prosperity.

He referred to the principles of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Turkish Republic and vowed to "remain loyal to the rule of law, to the democratic and secular republic, and to Ataturk's principles and reforms". Erdogan has described the consolidation as a means to eliminate governmental inefficiency, and his base views his consolidation of authority as a deserved outcome for a leader who has instilled Islamic values in public life, according to Reuters. "In other words, Turkey will be an institutionalised autocracy".

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.

Turkey is a member of the Western military alliance, NATO, but it has been at odds with the United States over military strategy in Syria and with the European Union over Ankara´s large-scale purges of state institutions, armed forces, police and media following the failed coup. "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.

But the pro-government daily Yeni Safak hailed it as an "historic day", saying: "One page is closing in Turkish history and a new page is opening".

After winning 52.9 percent of the vote in Turkey's presidential election two weeks ago, Erdogan was granted the ability to call additional elections, appoint judges without parliamentary approval, dissolve Parliament, and issue decrees that had previously been reserved for states of emergency.

"When you scrap the five-year term you remove this shield", he said.

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