SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to take the oath of office as Turkey’s first elected president on Thursday. Erdogan has decided to appoint Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as prime minster and loyal ally, to form a new government.
Erdogan has dominated Turkish politics for a decade and won Turkey’s first direct presidential elections on Aug. 10. On Wednesday, Erdogan rejected claims that Davutoglu would merely carry out his orders. He said the two would work “hand in hand” in achieving goals he has set for the country, which includes preparing a new constitution.
Dozens of foreign dignitaries are attending Erdogan’s inauguration ceremony, but representation from Turkey’s key allies in the West is at a low level, with the United States sending its acting ambassador in Ankara. Erdogan’s image in the West has been hit by his increasingly authoritarian tendencies and by corruption allegations which the Turkish leader has rejected as a conspiracy to topple him.
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of Turkey’s main opposition party accused Erdogan of violating the constitution by not stepping down as prime minister immediately after his election as president. Erdogan “will pledge allegiance to the constitution but he will lie. I don’t want to witness that lie,” Kilicdaroglu said.
Source : AP