Turkey: President to make top military appointments

Erdogan urges 'correct evaluation' of Turkish elections

Turkey: President to make top military appointments

Erdogan previously said that there will not be any members or parliamentarians of his Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in the new cabinet, hinting that it will be made up of ex-politicians and bureaucrats.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey was "entering a new era" as he was sworn in as the country's first executive president on Monday, giving him sweeping new powers which critics warn will lead to authoritarianism.

Erdogan, who has transformed Turkey in 15 years of rule by allowing Islam a greater role in public life and boosting its worldwide stature, took his oath in parliament for a five-year term after his June election victory. This was met with a minute-long standing ovation by his supporters, and seated silence from those who still oppose his power grab. Some opposition parliamentarians remained seated while others stood without applauding.

Earlier on Monday the lira briefly dropped more than 1 percent after a decree removed a clause stipulating a five-year term for the central bank governor.

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

Just as Ataturk transformed an impoverished nation at the eastern edge of Europe into a secular, Western-facing republic, Erdogan has fought to bring Islamic values back into public life and lift millions of pious Turks - long ostracized by the secular elite - out of poverty.

Mr Erdogan, the most popular and divisive leader in recent Turkish history, has now formally become the most powerful leader since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk founded the republic from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire.

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Among 22 heads of state attending will be Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, regarded with disdain by Washington but an ally of Erdogan, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

"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.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announces his new cabinet at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey July 9, 2018.

"Most powers will be concentrated in his hands, there will no longer be a prime minister, and nearly none of the checks and balances of liberal democracies will be present. In other words, Turkey will be an institutionalised autocracy".

The post of prime minister has been scrapped and the president will now be able to select his own cabinet, regulate ministries and remove civil servants, all without parliamentary approval. Erdoĝan has repeatedly clashed with strategic allies such as the U.S. and the European Union in recent years over the war in Syria, Turkey's accession to the EU, human rights abuses by Ankara, Europe's failure to support Turkey during the coup attempt, and rising Islamophobia in Europe. Investors are keen to see Mehmet Simsek, now deputy prime minister, continue at the helm of the economy. "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.

The lira, which is down some 16 percent so far this year and has been battered by concern about Erdogan's drive for lower interest rates, firmed to 4.5160 against the dollar by 1016 GMT, its highest since mid-June.

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