Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, prior to their meeting at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Monday, May 23, 2016. (Kayhan Ozer/Pool Photo via AP)
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ANKARA: As Turkey's incoming prime minister prepares to name his new Cabinet, there is little doubt that its primary role will be to rubber-stamp what has already become reality: a shift to a full presidential system with Recep Tayyip Erdogan firmly in charge. Erdogan Sunday confirmed Binali Yildirim, a close ally for two decades and a co-founder of the ruling AK Party, as his new premier, ensuring government loyalty as he pursues constitutional change to replace Turkey's parliamentary democracy with an executive presidency.Yildirim's appointment will stamp out any vestiges of resistance in the AK Party to Erdogan's plans, three senior party officials said, forecasting that the new Cabinet, expected to be announced on Tuesday, would contain only loyalists.Prosecutors have opened more than 1,800 cases against people for insulting Erdogan since he became president in 2014 .Yildirim, who has said his main aim as prime minister will be forging a new constitution, Monday said the new Cabinet list would be prepared quickly and be presented to Erdogan, who must approve it, as soon as he is available.
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