Erdoğan assumes Cabinet duties and responsibilities with decree

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters gathered in front of the AKP headquarters in Ankara, Turkey, on June 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Adem ALTAN

Some duties and responsibilities of the Cabinet have been transferred to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with a new state of emergency decree, known as a KHK, the state-run news agency reported.

Decree No. 477, which was published in the Official Gazette on Wednesday, includes regulations concerning the presidential system of governance that was adopted in a referendum in 2017.

Under the new arrangements the post of prime minister will be abolished. The president will select his own Cabinet and chair its meetings and will also be able to form and regulate ministries and remove civil servants, all without parliamentary approval.

The decree makes amendments to laws dating from 1924 — just after the founding of the Turkish Republic by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk — to 2017, changing all references to the prime minister and Cabinet of ministers to the president and the president’s office.

The rules, bylaws  and regulations that were in force before the decree was promulgated will remain valid as long as they were not abrogated.

The new changes will become effective when President Erdoğan, who was re-elected on June 24, takes the oath of office in Parliament on July 9.

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