Turkey’s army may come under authority of defence ministry: President Erdogan

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan greets members of parliament from his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara Turkey

Following his election victory last month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took oath of office on Monday and announced his new cabinet, marking the official start of a new era in Turkish politics. Marc Pierini, a former European Union ambassador to Turkey and a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, said Erdogan's new powers would effectively make him a "super-executive president". "There is no stopping for us until we bring Turkey - which we saved from plotters, coupists and political and economic hitmen, street gangs and terrorist organisations - to among the top 10 economies in the world", he said.

But this economic growth has also been accompanied by a 14-year high of 15.39 percent inflation rate, and Financial Times reports that the Turkish lira's value against the dollar has declined 17 percent this year.

Erdogan on Monday appointed former Chief of Staff Hulusi Akar as defence minister.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu and Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul have retained their portfolios in the new cabinet.

"We, as Turkey and as the Turkish people, are making a new start here today", Erdogan said in an address late on Monday.

On the eve of Monday's inauguration authorities dismissed more than 18,000 state employees - majority from the police and army - in what the government said would be the final decree under emergency rule imposed following a failed 2016 coup. "Both are about the main political choices of the government regarding how Turkey integrates with the outer world and how these choices will help it fix its broken image in the eyes of the worldwide community", Demirtas said.

The post of prime minister has been scrapped and the president will now be able to select his own cabinet, regulate ministries and remove civil servants, all without parliamentary approval. The coup was led by military leaders who opposed Erdogan's push to make Turkey more Islamic and less secular. "In other words, Turkey will be an institutionalized autocracy".

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. No major Western leader featured on a list of 50 presidents, prime ministers and other high-ranking guests published by state news agency Anadolu. Erdoĝan has repeatedly clashed with strategic allies such as the USA and the European Union in recent years over the war in Syria, Turkey's accession to the EU, human rights abuses by Ankara, Europe's failure to support Turkey during the coup attempt, and rising Islamophobia in Europe. "It is a sign that Erdogan will control economic policy even more", Guillaume Tresca, a senior strategist at French bank Credit Agricole, told Reuters.

The five-year term served as a sort of "shield" for the central bank, helping to ensure its independence from politicians, said Ugur Gurses, a former central banker. An adviser to Erdogan later said that the governor's term would remain at five years.

He won last month's election with 52.6 per cent of the vote, ushered in the executive presidency that ends parliamentary governance and boosts the powers of the formerly ceremonial presidency.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Former Illini star Kevin Anderson stuns top seed Roger Federer at Wimbledon
Anderson upset top seed Roger Federer of Switzerland on Wednesday . "That's how important Wimbledon is to me and to us over here". Anderson put up a bit more resistance in the second and even became the first this Wimbledon to break Federer's serve.

Kylie Jenner is nearly one in a billion!
The remaining $800m is the value of Kylie Cosmetics , the beauty company Jenner launched two years ago and owns outright. With Forbes estimating her worth to be $ 900 million , she easily beats out Kim Kardashian West'smeasly $350 million .

Cardi B welcomes a daughter with rapper Offset
She said she did not wear a wedding dress, wear make-up or have a wedding ring at the low-key ceremony. Cardi B and her husband, Offset of the Migos , welcomed a bouncing baby girl on Tuesday, July 10.

Roger Federer stunned by Kevin Anderson in five-set Wimbledon thriller
Federer was completely out of sorts by now and his uncharacteristic struggles on his forehand didn't improve in the fourth set. Roger Federer sweeps into the last-eightRafael Nadal returns the ball to Jiri Vesely during the Wimbledon men's singles match.

South Korean-born American Na wins PGA Greenbrier title
They went back to the 18th tee for the playoff, and Knox pitched from 131 yards to virtually the same spot on the green. Kraft had a one-stroke lead entering the round, the first time he's led after 36 holes on the PGA Tour.

Other news