Erdogan takes oath of office after re-election

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Hurriyet: Turkey has officially switched to an executive presidency after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took the oath of office on July 9.

Erdoğan was re-elected as the country’s president in the June 24 elections, in which he garnered 52 percent of the votes.

After his swearing-in on July 9, the system change — stipulated by the 18-article constitutional amendment which was approved by the April 16, 2017 referendum — has gone into full effect.

“At the dawn of this important turning point of our republic and democracy, as the 12th president of Turkey and the first president of the new presidential governmental system, I promise to strengthen our nation’s unity and fraternity, to develop our country and to elevate our state,” Erdoğan said at Anıtkabir. “We are determined to reach the targets of the republic that you (Mustafa Kemal Atatürk) and your friends have founded and that is entrusted to us by future generation, in its 100th year,” he added.

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