Erdogan sworn in as Turkey's first executive president

Erdogan sworn in as Turkey's first executive president

President Trump chatted up Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as they headed for a group photo at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Belgium Wednesday - choosing the authoritarian leader's company over that of America's longtime European allies. The president can also issue decrees, prepare the budget and decide on security policies.

Crowds cheered Erdogan along his convoy's route as he made his way to the inauguration ceremony.

The lira, which has lost almost a fifth of its value against the dollar this year, dropped almost 3 percent to 4.74 to the dollar minutes after the cabinet announcement.

A former Istanbul mayor, Erdogan has been at the helm of Turkey since 2003 as prime minister and then the first directly elected president since 2014.

Erdogan is scheduled to take the oath of office at the Grand National Assembly in Ankara at 4:30 pm (1330 GMT), as Turkey completes its transition from a parliamentary model to an all-powerful presidency.

The new system was agreed in a bitterly fought 2017 referendum, but the changes have been vehemently denounced by the opposition.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras raised the issue of the detention of the two Greek servicemen who have been imprisoned in Turkey since early March during his address at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Wednesday, calling it "an open wound" for the Alliance.

"We make a promise once more to strengthen our nation's unity and brotherhood and to continue making our country great and glorifying our state", Erdoğan said after visiting the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the Turkish republic's founder, in the capital, Ankara.

The president will also have the power to dissolve parliament, issue executive decrees and impose a state of emergency.

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On his turn, President Erdogan asked the Minister of Commerce and Industry to convey his utmost greetings and appreciation to His Majesty the Sultan, wishing His Majesty good health, wellbeing and a long life, and the Omani people further progress and growth.

In a ceremony at the presidential palace in Ankara on Monday, Erdogan named his cabinet, which includes loyalists, technocrats and business figures.

As for the parliamentary election, the political bloc of Justice and Development Party gained 42.56 percent, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) - 11.1 percent of the votes, Republican People's Party - 22.65 percent, Iyi Parti - 9.96 percent, Democratic People's Party - 11.70 percent, Saadet Partisi - 1.23 percent and Vatan Partisi - 0.23 percent of votes.

Turkey's army may come under the authority of the defence ministry.

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

The new Turkish parliament has 600 MPs, up from 550 lawmakers previously, who were sworn in Saturday.

Turkey's president says he thinks the mindset of Greek Cypriots remains unchanged from when the latest effort to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus collapsed a year ago.

Erdogan will this week immediately turn to foreign policy, visiting northern Cyprus and Azerbaijan, followed by more challenging encounters at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels where he will meet US President Donald Trump and other leaders.

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