February 17, 2019
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Erdogan invested president of Turkey with full executive powers

Ankara, Jul 9 (efe-epa).- The current Turkish president on Monday was sworn-in as the nation's new Head of State which Turkey's new presidential system grants full executive powers and also eliminates the nation's Prime Minister's office.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 64, Turkey's new president who governs Turkey since 2002 and leads the Islamist, conservative Justice, and Development Party (AKP) was sworn-in during a ceremony at the Turkish parliament, broadcast live on Turkish mainstream media.

President Erdogan was re-elected on June 24 after winning Turkey's presidential and legislative elections with 52 percent of the vote: "I wish the best for our country" Erdogan stated after being sworn-in at the new Turkish parliament whose legislature began officially on Sunday.

After his investiture, Turkey's new constitutional changes, approved last year by referendum, granted Erdogan sweeping executive powers as new head of state.

Prior to this morning's official ceremony, the government issued a decree detailing the final changes that complete the transfer process from a parliamentarian to a presidential state.

The decree stated that government cabinet members would decrease from 25 to 16 ministers and some state institutions such as the Intelligence services or the institutions responsible for religious affairs would now be placed under the presidential office.

After the swearing-in procedure, Erdogan continued to the presidential palace to 0a ceremony attended by another 22 heads of state.

Afterward, President Erdogan is expected to announce his cabinet members, chosen by the powers the new Turkish constitution has bestowed on him.

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