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Turkey: Erdoğan sworn in, what next for Gül?

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Turkey: Erdoğan sworn in, what next for Gül?


Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was inaugurated as Turkey’s first directly elected president on Thursday at a ceremony in Ankara.

Critics say Erdoğan, who has already served three terms as prime minister, will turn the largely ceremonial position into a more powerful post.

The swearing-in ceremony, watched on TV by millions, was boycotted by opposition MPs.

We asked euronews correspondent Bora Bayraktar to give us his impressions of the historic day.

Bora Bayraktar, Ankara:

I’m standing in front of Cankaya Palace (President’s palace), where the post of president has been formally handed over to Mr Erdogan, who as you say, becomes Turkey’s 12th president after the position was directly elected by citizens for the first time in history

At the swearing-in ceremony, he was welcomed not only by the speaker of the parliament but by a military service – because as president – he is now Commander-in-chief of the Turkish Armed Forces.

There was slight issue in the proceedings. At one point, opposition MPs who were present for the oath-taking got up and left in a protest over parliamentary rules.

(Despite this minor setback, the ceremony still went ahead and Mr Erdogan was sworn in as president.)


Mr Erdogan is now due to appoint AKP leader Ahmet Davudoglu to form the next government. All eyes are on two critical cabinet posts – economy minister and foreign minister. Who are the front-runners?

Bora Bayraktar, Ankara:

For the Economy Minister post, the consensus is that there will be no change of leadership and Ali Babacan will stay on.

Similarly Finance minister Mehmet Şimsek is also expected to stay in his position. But the ultimate decision rests with Ahmet Davudoglu, who becomes prime minister after serving as Foreign Minister.

It’s not clear yet who will replace Davudoglu in that role. There is speculation that current EU minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will take up the post, but that will become clear soon.


Finally What kind of future awaits former president Abdullah Gül?

Bora Bayraktar, Ankara:

As one of the key figures and founders of the AK Party, former president Gul is likely to stay in politics.

In a recent speech, he promised that he wasn’t “going to just go home and look after his granddaughter”.

This is a man who was foreign minister before becoming prime minister and then president, so someone with an incredible amount of experience.

But at the same time he is not an MP anymore so there is talk that he will be utilised by the AK Party in the role of “wise man”.

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