Erdogan sworn in as Turkey president, opposition storms out

Turkey's new president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (front) attends the presidential swearing in ceremony at the parliament in Ankara on August 28, 2014Turkey’s outgoing premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as president on Thursday, extending his decade-long rule, as opponents who accuse him of authoritarianism stormed out of the ceremony. Erdogan, 60, took the oath in Ankara to begin a five-year mandate in which he has vowed to build a “new Turkey” by pushing through a new constitution and pushing forward with an ambitious development programme. “I am the first president elected by popular vote in our country’s history as well as the Turkish nation’s 2,000 year-old history,” Erdogan said in a later ceremony where outgoing president Abdullah Gul handed him the Cankaya presidential palace.

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