Erdogan Takes Oath as Turkish President and Now has Power. Two weeks after the presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey, the old and new president Recep Tayyip Erdogan took his oath of office, says Hope News.
Erdogan, who has determined the history of Turkey for almost sixteen years, is now no longer only head of state, but also the leader of the government.
The swearing in of parliament in Ankara Monday afternoon sealed the reform of the state into a presidential system. Erdogan had worked there for years.
During a brief ceremony, Erdogan swore that he would be loyal to the rule of law, protect the democratic and secular republic and exercise his function impartially. He will not deviate from ‘the idea that everyone in the country can enjoy from fundamental freedoms and human rights’.
Erdogan proposed his new government a few hours after his swearing in. The most critical ministerial posts remain in the same hands. Erdogan chooses confidants and family members.
As the first vice president, he appointed Fuat Oktay, former secretary of state and adviser to former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. In the new presidential system, the function of prime minister has been abolished.
New is Erdogan’s son-in-law Berat Albayrak as Minister of Finance. Erdogan can henceforth appoint ministers without parliamentary permission.