World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkey's first popularly elected president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan's presidential oath-taking ceremony has been widely covered by international media organizations.
Wall Street Journal said Erdogan was sworn in Thursday “as the country's first popularly elected president, heralding a new political order in a critical Western ally.”
CNN said the presidential role was a “ceremonial one” but that Erdogan wants to change the Turkish constitution to give it more powers.
Turkey's 12th president, Erdogan was elected on August 10, garnering around 52 percent of the vote. He took over the position from former president Abdullah Gul, who had served a seven-year term. Erdogan was sworn in on Thursday.
Christian Science Monitor journal described Erdogan as Turkey's first president elected by the people and the most powerful leader of Turkey since Ataturk, the founder of the republic.
Russian news agency RIA Novosti called Erdogan a leader “with a good reputation who is tough enough but knows conciliation.”
Russian state-run Rossiyskaya Gazeta said: "Erdogan is the model leader of a 21st century regional power."
Many Arab newspapers devoted their front pages to the swearing-in ceremony. Egypt’s state-run Al-Ahram pointed out an underrepresentation of western countries during the oath-taking, while a number of Qatari papers praised the “grand” ceremony.
The handover has also been widely covered by Turkmen media, with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow attending.
Turkmenistan's Neytralny newspaper reported that the relations between Turkey and Turkmenistan would reach new highs with Erdogan as president.
Azerbaijan's Yeni Musavat newspaper covered the ceremony, as well as the main opposition party deputy group chairman Engin Altay’s throwing a parliamentary bylaw book at the speaker’s platform in protest before Erdogan was sworn in.
Last Mod: 30 Ağustos 2014, 12:08