Ankara: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in Monday for his second term as head of state, taking on greater powers than any Turkish leader for decades under a new system condemned by opponents as a one-man regime.
Erdogan took his oath of office for a new five-year term at a special session in parliament and was later due to attend a grand ceremony at his palace marking the transition to a new executive presidency with expanded powers
Dozens of foreign leaders and dignitaries, including President Mamnoon Hussain, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani attended the grand ceremony.
Under the new system, 64-year-old Erdogan will lead the state’s executive branch and have the right to appoint and remove vice-presidents, a newly introduced position, as well as ministers, high-level officials and senior judges – without parliamentary approval.
President Mamnoon Hussain Sunday arrived in Ankara on a three-day official visit where he is to attend the oath-taking ceremony of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Upon arrival at the airport, the President was warmly received by the Governor and Mayor of Ankara, a press release said. Children clad in traditional attire presented bouquets to President Mamnoon Hussain and the first lady.