Turkey's Erdogan unveils new cabinet

Turkish President Erdogan unveils 16-minister cabinet

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the new cabinet members hours after he was sworn in late Monday.

Erdogan won an absolute majority in the presidential election with 52.5 percent of the vote.

Assuming the new executive presidency he has long fought to establish, Erdogan earlier took the oath of office in parliament before addressing global leaders gathered at the presidential palace in Ankara. He defeated a coalition of opposition parties in a snap election last month to hold onto power.

"Turkey is entering a new era with the presidential oath ceremony on Monday", Erdogan told his ruling AK Party at the weekend.

He has also pledged to end the state of emergency that has been in place since the failed July 2016 coup and has seen the biggest purge in the history of modern Turkey.

The event at parliament in the capital, Ankara, concludes the country's transition from a parliamentary system to an executive presidency, in line with the constitutional changes approved in a referendum previous year.

He says the changes, the biggest overhaul of governance since the modern Turkish republic was founded from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire nearly a century ago, are needed to drive economic growth and guarantee security.

Erdogan's supporters see the changes as just reward for a leader who has put Islamic values at the core of public life, championed the pious working classes and overseen years of strong economic growth.

The Turkish lira lost 3.5 percent in value on the news to trade at 4.73 lira to the dollar. "Turkey is leaving behind a system which cost the country politically, socially and economically".

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Fuat Oktay, a former head of Turkey's emergencies agency, has been named as the sole vice president, a newly-created post.

"We make a promise once more to strengthen our nation's unity and brotherhood and to continue making our country great and glorifying our state", Erdoğan said after visiting the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the Turkish republic's founder, in the capital, Ankara.

Those attending the ceremony at the presidential palace on Monday evening will include Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, in a new sign of the warm ties between Ankara and Moscow.

No major Western leader featured on a list of 50 presidents, prime ministers and other high-ranking guests. Those times have already arrived, with the economic boom he's presided over threatening to turn into a bust, and a crackdown on dissent gaining new momentum.

There are 16 ministers in Erdogan's streamlined new cabinet, which Erdogan has said will be more efficient and act faster. Inflation surged last month above 15 per cent, its highest level in more than a decade, even though the central bank has raised interest rates by 5 percentage points since April.

In the aftermath of the 2016 coup, Turkey, a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance and still nominally a candidate to join the European Union, has detained some 160,000 people, jailed journalists and shut down dozens of media outlets.

Turkey's lira plunged after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appointed his son-in-law, Berat Albayrak, as economic chief of his new administration, fueling investor unease that the government can calm financial markets.

"For the cabinet appointments in the past several years, the most important issue has been the presence of the current deputy prime minister, Mehmet Simsek", said Inan Demir, a senior economist at Nomura International.

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