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New Turkey doesn't intend to reckon with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation demand

New Turkey doesn't intend to reckon with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation demand

Some 50 countries were represented at the ceremony, among them controversial figures like Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, according to official Anadolu news agency.

Thus Turkey officially changed the form of government from a parliamentary to a presidential Republic.

Erdogan will take the oath of office in parliament at 4 pm (1300 GMT), before attending a ceremony two hours later at the huge presidential palace he has constructed in the capital.

"Everything went well in the eyes of the people". His re-election marked Turkey's transition to an executive presidential system of government.

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani attended the inauguration ceremony of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was sworn in for a new presidential term, assuming sweeping powers he won in a referendum past year and sealed in a hard-fought re-election victory two weeks ago.

Under the new system, the post of prime minister has been scrapped and the president selects his own cabinet, regulates ministries and can remove civil servants - all without parliamentary approval.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has expressed satisfaction and pride over the strengthening of Moroccan-Turkish bilateral ties. Previously, the prime minister -now a defunct post- formed the government by making elected members of parliament ministers.

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




The appointment of Albayrak, the husband of Erdogan's elder daughter Esra and formerly energy minister, came as a surprise, with no place for Mehmet Simsek, the former deputy prime minister for the economy trusted by markets.

Critics say the new system amounts to one-man rule with few checks and balances.

Turkey has been waging a crackdown on dissent against Erdogan since a failed coup attempt in 2016.

Its commentator Asli Aydintasbas wrote: "I don't think it would be an exaggeration to say that we entered a "second republic" era", after the republic set up by Turkey's secular founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The economy is experiencing high inflation, a declining currency and twin current account and budget deficits even as Erdogan insists on low interest rates.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Chief of Staff General Hulusi Akar.

The AKP failed to win a majority in parliament, taking 294 of the 600 seats, meaning it will need its allies in the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), which has 49 seats, to ensure a majority.

With more than 900,000 active personnel, Turkey has the second largest force in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation after the United States which has nearly 1.5 million.