Turkey’s President Erdoğan Chairs Cabinet’s 1st Meeting
Erdogan on Sunday appointed Binali Yildirim as prime minister. Yildirim promised to immediately work toward a constitutional overhaul that would increase the powers of the largely ceremonial presidency. He replaced Ahmet Davutoğlu, whose support for a powerful presidential system seemed lukewarm.
Erdoğan chaired the new government’s first meeting at his palace on Wednesday.
Constitutionally, the prime minister has executive powers in Turkey. But Erdoğan, a former premier, has continued to wield powers from behind the scenes.
He is pressing for constitutional changes for an all-powerful presidency.