Turkey: President to make top military appointments

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan leaves his seat to address members of parliament from his ruling party in Ankara Turkey

"As the 12th president [of the nation] and the first president of the presidential system, I once more vow to strengthen the unity and brotherhood of our nation, develop the country, and elevate the state".

After taking the oath, Erdogan plans to visit the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern, secular, Turkish Republic.

But Cemil Ertem, a senior advisor to Erdogan, said a new decree on the governor's term would be published later on Monday, adding that governors would still be appointed for a five-year term.

Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani with Sudan's President, Omer Al Bashir and former president of Turkey, Abdullah Gul, during the inauguration ceremony of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey narrowly approved the executive presidency in a contentious referendum a year ago.

Marc Pierini, a former European Union ambassador to Turkey and visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, said Erdogan's new powers effectively make him a "super-executive president".

Berat Albayrak, the husband of Erdogan's elder daughter Esra, was on Monday named by the president as treasury and finance minister as part of a cabinet reshuffle for his new term.

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Hulusi Akar was appointed as Minister of National Defense with the same decree, which was announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday.

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

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

Erdogan, 64, says a powerful executive presidency is vital to drive economic growth, ensure security after a failed 2016 military coup and safeguard Turkey from war across its southern border in Syria and Iraq. He also promised to "leave behind a system that cost the country heavily because of the political, social and economic chaos it caused in the past", according to Hurriyet Daily News. But he's also overseen a strong economy and he has built up considerable support across the country. "In other words, Turkey will be an institutionalized autocracy". In the evening, he'll mark the inauguration of the presidential system at a grand reception attended by foreign dignitaries, before unveiling the members of a cabinet expected to be pared to 16 positions from the current 27. The sweeping dismissals bring to about 130,000 the number of people purged from Turkey's civil service since the failed coup, and come just days before the state of emergency is set to expire.

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.

Inflation surged last month above 15 percent, its highest level in more than a decade, despite interest rate hikes of 500 basis points by the central bank since April. Under controversial constitutional reforms approved by a referendum a year ago, parliament has been weakened and the post of prime minister abolished.

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