Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will be sworn in for a second term today (9 July), wielding hefty new constitutional powers as he oversees a radically different system of government. The changes, agreed in a 2017 referendum but most of which are only coming into force after Erdoğan’s 24 June election victory, mark one of the most radical shifts in modern Turkey’s political system. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan yesterday (26 June) celebrated winning sweeping new powers in a decisive election victory, as his main rival accepted the outcome despite complaints over an unequal campaign that alarmed the EU. But critics say the changes, which were championed by Erdoğan, pave the way to one-man rule. How does the new system look and how will it work? Boosted powers Under the new 18-article constitution, the president has strengthened executive powers and can directly appoint top public officials, including ministers. Erdoğan can also assign one or several vice presidents, with reports indicating he may choose at least three. The office and position of prime minister, currently held by Binali Yildirim, will be scrapped from Monday. The president and parliament will together also be able to choose four members of the Supreme Board… Read full this story
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