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Reconfirmed at the head of Turkey for a third term, Erdogan is sworn in as president

Reconfirmed at the head of Turkey for a third term, Erdogan is sworn in as

The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was sworn in on Saturday for the new presidential mandate in Ankara. As he read the oath, he said that he will stick to the values ​​of the secular republic and protect human rights.

While the government bloc applauded him, members of the opposition did not stand up at the moment of the oath as a sign of protest.

Erdogan won the presidential elections on May 28, in the run-off round, securing another five years in power.

He has already been in charge of Turkey for almost 20 years. The opposition has criticized the 69-year-old president for what it considers his "authoritarian" tendencies, as well as for the unfair election campaign. The Turkish president is now expected to visit during the day the mausoleum of the founder of the modern Turkish republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, as well as meet with foreign guests at the presidential palace for a special dinner.

On Saturday, Erdogan will present the government cabinet. More than 30 heads of state and prime ministers are part of the ceremony in Ankara - among them NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg. On Friday, the new Turkish Parliament held its first session, after the first round of elections held on May 14. Erdogan and his allies form a large bloc in the 600-seat parliament. However, they lack the majority needed to carry out legal changes. The president can then approve some legal changes through decree, due to the executive powers given to this position, since 2018./rel

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