Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to serve and to protect the Turkish people during the official ceremony of taking the power. The Turkish leader has been sworn in as the first president under a new governing system that gives him vast new powers, BBC reported on Tuesday.
Erdogan as dominating person in the Turkish politics over 15 years has reached his goal and reformed the governing system in the country. According to Mr Erdogan, the powerful new executive presidency is vital to drive Turkey’s economic growth, ensure security after a failed 2016 military coup and safeguard the country from armed conflict in Syria and Iraq.
On Monday, Erdogan took the oath to Office in parliament, following last June’s presidential elections where he garnered 52.9 percent of votes.
“Turkey is entering a new era with the presidential oath ceremony on Monday,”
Mr Erdogan told members of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) ahead of the swearing in.
“With the power granted to us by the new presidential system, we will get quicker and stronger results.”
Erdogan’s era is continuing in Turkey
President has largely ruled by fiat since 2016, when he imposed a state of emergency on the country in response to a failed coup attempt against him. Erdogan has promised to lift the emergency conditions later this month but in the hours before his swearing in he used to issue two more edicts.
Thanks to the row of reforms in the governing system, Recep Tayyip Erdogan becomes the most powerful politician in modern Turkey. The new powers are the most extensive given to any figure since modern-day Turkey was founded in 1923 by Mustafa Ataturk and has led to comparisons between the two men. Following Ataturk’s death in 1938 the presidency became largely symbolic and ceremonial, with the holder assuming the role of head of state. But under Erdogan, that role has expanded to encompass the everyday political functioning of Turkey.