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Erdogan sworn in as Turkey’s president

Recep Tayyip Erdogan takes the oath of office as Turkey’s first popularly elected president, a position that will keep him in the nation’s driving seat for at least another five years.

Erdogan is scheduled to appoint Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, his designated successor as prime minister and loyal ally, to form a new government later on Thursday.

Erdogan has dominated Turkish politics for a decade and won Turkey’s first direct presidential elections on August 10. He has indicated he wants to transform the presidency from a largely ceremonial post into a more powerful position and is expected to hold sway in the running of the country.

–AP

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