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Turkey’s Erdogan sworn in as president

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey’s 12th president at a ceremony attended by more than 90 international leaders and politicians in parliament on Thursday, cementing his position as the country’s most powerful modern leader.

“In my capacity as President of the Republic, I swear upon my honor and repute before the great Turkish nation and before history to safeguard the existence and independence of the state,” Erdogan said, reading the oath of office.

The swearing-in ceremony in the Turkish capital Ankara was attended by scores of foreign dignitaries from sixty-seven countries and eight international organizations.

The event comes just a day after Erdogan made way for Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to replace him as the Prime Minister of a caretaker government.

Davutoglu has been confirmed as the new leader if the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

“Names have no importance. Names change today but our essence, our mission, our spirits, our goals and ideals remain in place,” Erdogan said in a farewell speech to the AKP on Wednesday.

He added the party’s mission to reshape the nation would go on after he left party politics and took office as head of state.

In power for more than a decade, Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party has increased its share of the vote in each of the last three elections.

Turkey has boomed economically and its influence has increased dramatically in the Middle East and on the global scale. ONISLAM

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