Jul 09 2018

Opposition party protests as Erdoğan sworn in as president

 

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) refused to stand as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan entered Parliament to be sworn in as president on Monday, secular Cumhuriyet daily reported.

Erdogan took the oath as president on Monday in the Turkish capital of  Ankara at the Grand National Assembly, marking Turkey's transition from a parliamentary system into an executive presidential system of government which will do away with the prime ministerial role, among others changes.

“As president, I swear upon my honour and integrity, before the great Turkish nation and history, to work with all my power to protect and exalt the glory and honour of the Republic of Turkey and fulfil the duties I have taken on with impartiality,” Turkey’s strongman said in a ceremony in capital Ankara, which was broadcast live on television.

Main opposition CHP leader Kemal Kılıçadaroğlu was not in attendance on Monday.

‘’A person who does not in believe in democracy cannot be congratulated,’’ Kılıçdaroğlu had said in response to a question on whether he would be congratulating Erdoğan following his victory in the June 24 presidential and parliamentary elections.

Erdoğan will now be ruling Turkey, where he has dominated for 16 years, with new, executive powers.