Turkish PM Ahmed Davutoglu announces new government

Cavusoglu takes his plase as FM, only four new ministers

29 August, 19:49

    Ahmet Davutoglu leaves Turkish Foreign Ministry Ahmet Davutoglu leaves Turkish Foreign Ministry

    (by Francesco Cerri) (ANSAmed) - ANKARA- Turkey's new prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, announced his cabinet on Friday. Former Minister for European Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu will be taking Davutoglu's place as foreign minister. The new government is much like the Recep Tayyip Erdogan's former one with only four new individuals, reports Turkish daily Hurriyet. Erdogan has since been elected president. The economy and finance ministers have remained in their positions.

    The foreign ministry had initially been expected to go to MIT secret services chief Hakan Fidan, a staunch backer of Erdogan and the man behind Turkey's policy on Syria, which the opposition claims has proved ''disastrous'' and led to the spread of Islamic State (IS).

    Despite the scandals and accusations of authoritarianism and corruption, the 'sultan' of Ankara Recep Tayip Erdogan became the new president of Turkey on Thursday. He holds in his hands the widest powers since the founding father of modern Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk built a new country over the ruins of the Ottoman empire in 1923.

    Erdogan, 60, has led the country over the last 12 years as head of government. As he took office at the Cankaya presidential palace in Ankara, he announced the birth of a 'New Turkey'. ''The era of Old Turkey is over'', he said when taking over his role from predecessor Abdullah Gul.

    The opposition boycotted the swearing-in ceremony and believes difficult times lie ahead with new authoritarian policies and a swifter 're-islamization' process of the country.

    The 'sultan' does not hide the fact that he means to remain in control of the country in his new position, hoping his Islamic AKP party will obtain a two-third majority in national elections in 2015, which would enable him to change the Constitution and formally impose a strong presidential system.

    Meanwhile Erdogan means to de facto absorb most of the powers of the head of government thanks to the legitimization obtained through a presidential vote on August 10, the first direct presidential elections in Turkey's history.

    The new Turkish president chose a premier - already called a 'puppet' by opposition chief Kemal Kilicdaroglu - who will not outshine him: the faithful Ahmet Davutoglu, the outgoing foreign minister, who supports the 'neo-Ottoman' strategy brought forward by Erdogan's Turkey over the past few years.

    Newspaper Zaman wrote that Davutoglu will be the 'grand visier' of the head of State of the 'New Turkey'. The two men are great admirers of the Ottoman past of the country. Erdogan's first gesture after he announced his victory in presidential elections was to go pray at Istanbul's historic mosque, where the sultans would become new rulers of the Empire.

    Davutoglu, 55, the conservative Islamic 'professor' chosen by Erdogan as his successor at the helm of the AKP party, has already stated there will be no divergences of opinion with the president. 

    About 90 foreign delegations were present when the 12th Turkish president took office, though few were high-level.

    Barack Obama was represented by a chargé d'affaires, while Italian Premier Matteo Renzi sent Deputy Foreign Minister Benedetto Della Vedova. No western head of State or government was present. This was confirmation for the opposition that the international image of the Turkish 'sultan' has been damaged by the crackdown on Gezi Park demonstrations and the scandals. (ANSAmed).

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