Jul 09 2018

22 heads of states to attend Erdoğan's presidential system-launching inauguration

A total of 22 heads of states will be in attendance at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's inauguration ceremony at the Ankara Presidential Complex on Monday, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

The Turkish strongman’s inauguration will launch the country’s new executive presidential system, which was narrowly approved in last year’s referendum, after Erdoğan takes his oath and announces his next government.

The Presidents of Bulgaria, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan, Guinea, Zambia, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Somalia, Mauritania, Gabon, Chad, Djibouti, Venezuela and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus as well as Emir of Qatar are expected to be in attendance for the event.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will be in attendance for Russia and other politicians, bureaucrats and ministers from different countries are also expected, the agency said.

Erdoğan will be sworn in at 4.30 p.m. local time (GMT1330) and he will then visit Anitkabir, the mausoleum of the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

The inauguration is set to take place at at 6 p.m. local time (GMT1500) and is to be followed by a visit Anitkabir, the mausoleum of the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

The Turkish president is expected to announce the new cabinet in press conference at 9.30 p.m. local time.

The Turkish president last week announced that  he would be forming a cabinet including unelected ministers to guide Turkey as he implements a full presidential system of government for the country.

Turkey’s new government is to be formed from a coalition of Erdoğan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).