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Erdogan sworn in as new Turkey president

Published on Aug 28, 2014 7:37 PM

ANKARA (REUTERS) - Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey’s president on Thursday, cementing his position as its most powerful leader of recent times, in a step opponents fear heralds more authoritarian rule and widening religious influence in public life.

Reading the oath of office in a ceremony in parliament, Erdogan vowed to protect Turkey’s independence and integrity, to abide by the constitution and by the principles of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the modern secular republic. 

Erdogan, who had been prime minister since 2003, has consistently presented his time in office as a historic mission to transform Turkey domestically and as a regional power.

Deputies of the main opposition CHP walked out shortly before Erdogan’s oath.

Turkey's new President Tayyip Erdogan (foreground) attends a swearing in ceremony at the parliament in Ankara on Thursday, Aug 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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