Yaşar Güler appointed as Turkey's new Chief of Staff

Turkey’s AK party names Yildirim as parliament speaker

Turkey’s AK party names Yildirim as parliament speaker

Under the new system, Erdogan receives more power, with the role of prime minister now abolished.

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

Presidents Buhari and Erdogan enjoy a great relationship and have met a number of times since their coming into office.

Under the new system, Erdogan will not only run the executive branch but also lead his Justice and Development Party in parliament where he is six short of a majority and therefore allied with a nationalist party.

"Erdogan, 64, says the new, powerful executive presidency is vital to drive economic growth, ensure security after a failed 2016 military coup and safeguard Turkey from conflict across its southern border in Syria and Iraq".

"Our dear President decided and found it important to attend an inauguration ceremony in Ankara, Turkey, a ceremony which is characterised with merrymaking such as drinking wine and other both intoxicating liquor and softies, dancing and making toasts".

The Turkish president also kept Mevlut Cavusoglu in place as foreign minister and named Fuat Oktay, a former Turkish Airlines executive, as vice president.

Erdgoan has said he will announce the cabinet on Monday night, promising to make appointments from outside parliament and to slim down his ministerial team to 16 from more than 20.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim now goes down in history as the 27th and final holder of the post in Turkey.

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. Investors are keen to see Mehmet Simsek, now deputy prime minister, continue at the helm of the economy.


The Turkish lira lost 3.5 percent in value on the news to trade at 4.73 lira to the dollar.

The lira has been battered by concern about Erdogan's drive for lower interest rates and by comments in May that he planned to take greater control of the economy after the election, which he won on June 24.

In a speech on Saturday, Erdogan said he would tackle high-interest rates, inflation and a wide current account deficit.

Erdogan was comfortably re-elected last month with 52.6 percent of the vote.

"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".

Under his leadership Ankara started accession talks with the European Union, which stalled amid EU criticism of Turkey's human rights.

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.

Erdogan has said he would appoint ministers from outside parliament, as well as people not from his AK Party. After his election victory two weeks ago, Erdogan said he would spare no effort to spur economic growth.

"We are leaving behind the system that has in the past cost our country a heavy price in political and economic chaos", Erdogan said in an address late on Monday.

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