Sworn in with new powers, Erdogan leaves on 1st trip

July 10, 2018

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan talks during a news conference at Presidential Palace, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, July 9, 2018. Erdogan has been sworn in as Turkey's first president, following last month's elections under a new governing system that gives him sweeping executive powers. Critics say this leads to one-man rule.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has left for Azerbaijan and the breakaway northern part of ethnically divided Cyprus, making his first foreign trip since being sworn in as Turkey’s first executive president with sweeping powers.

Erdogan’s trip on Tuesday came a day after he took the oath of office and appointed a new 16-member Cabinet, including his son-in-law Berat Albayrak as treasury and finance minister.

Under the new system, the office of the prime minister is abolished. The president can issue decrees, prepare the budget and has the power to impose a state of emergency. Critics say the executive presidency amounts to one-man rule.

In decrees published in the Official Gazette on Tuesday, Turkey appointed a new chief of staff to replace Gen. Hulusi Akar who was named defense minister.

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