President Lungu attends Turkish President Erdo?an’s inauguration

President Lungu attends Turkish President Erdo?an’s inauguration

President Lungu attends Turkish President Erdo?an’s inauguration

He secured an outright victory in the June 24 presidential polls, winning nearly 52.3 percent of the votes.

The post of prime minister has been scrapped and the president will be able to select a cabinet, regulate ministries and remove civil servants, all without parliamentary approval.

"With the power granted to us by the new presidential system, we will get quicker and stronger results".

Since a failed coup attempt two years ago he's fired 125,000 workers, the latest 18,000 at the weekend, and jailed 160,000 people including opponents.

His supporters see them as just reward for a leader who has put Islamist values at the core of public life, championed the pious working classes and built airports, hospitals and schools.

The inauguration ceremony, which was held in Presidential Compound yesterday evening, was attended by a number of heads of states and government, representatives of heads of states, ministers, heads of parliaments of some countries and representatives of global organizations.

Erdogan would become both the head of state and government, with the prime minister's post abolished.

After the swearing-in ceremony, Mr Erdogan visited the mausoleum of the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk before proceeding to the Presidential Complex to make his inaugural speech.

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As Turkey officially shifted into a presidential government system following Erdogan's victory in the elections, he is Turkey's first leader under the presidential system.

Tweeting a video apparently showing himself driving to the airport, Maduro hailed Erdogan as a "friend of Venezuela and leader of the new multi-polar world".

He will have sweeping new powers, including over the judiciary and the ability to rule by decree.

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It has also emerged that Mehmet Simsek, a former banker at Merrill Lynch who acted as deputy prime minister in Turkey's previous government, will not hold a position in the new cabinet.

The ceremony was attended by 22 heads of state, Prime Ministers and speakers of parliaments of 28 countries, as well as heads of six worldwide organizations. The economy is experiencing high inflation, a declining currency and twin current account and budget deficits even as Erdogan insists on low interest rates.

Turkey is not a state party to the tribunal of war crimes but has the obligation as a member of the United Nations to cooperate with the court.

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