Turkey's new President Tayyip Erdogan (front C) attends a swearing in ceremony at the parliament in Ankara August 28, 2014. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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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 driving on with an ambitious development program.Deputies of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) – who accuse Erdogan of violating the constitution – angrily walked out of parliament just before he was sworn in.CHP deputy head Engin Altay hurled the rule book containing parliament's procedures across the chamber as his MPs marched out before Erdogan was sworn in to thunderous applause from supporters.The former premier has made clear he wants to wield genuine executive power as president after becoming the first directly elected head of state, taking 52 percent of the vote in the Aug. 10 poll.The election was a triumph for Erdogan – who first became premier in 2003 – after surviving a tumultuous 2013 that saw mass anti-government protests and corruption allegations against his inner circle.He takes over as president from Abdullah Gul, a former close comrade and co-founder of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), who appears now to have fallen out with the feisty Erdogan and is expected to play no role in the next government.Opponents have accused Erdogan of seeking to undermine Ataturk's legacy by imposing a creeping Islamization of society.
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