Monday, 18 February 2019 | 22:04 WIB

Erdogan Inauguration Marks New Presidential System in Turkey

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

ISTANBUL, NNC - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey to be sworn in as the country's first president under a new presidential system.

Erdogan will take the oath of presidency in Parliament and enter into the presidential cluster of Bestepe in Ankara to serve the nation for the next five years.

The oath will also start a new presidential system, a transition from a parliamentary system, approved in a referendum on constitutional amendments on April 16 last year. Erdogan will become head of state and government, by removing the post of prime minister.

After the swearing-in ceremony, Erdogan will visit Anitkabir, the grave of Turkish founder Mustafa Kemal Atatrk. The man who is accustomed to winning in every election since establishing the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in 2001 also claimed victory in the June 24 elections with 52.59 percent, surpassing his closest competitor, the main opposition Republican Party (CHP) candidate Muharrem Ince, with more than 20 percentage points.

An important ceremony in Turkey's political history is expected to be attended by 22 presidents, 17 prime ministers and other high-ranking state officials from invited countries, as well as many important figures from business, arts and sports.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Guinea, Kazakhstan, Kirgiztan, Macedonia, Pakistan, Somalia, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zambia were among those expected to attend. Families of warriors and veterans are also expected to attend the ceremony, which totals at 3,000 people, reported Antara.