Turkish president designates new PM to form government

Source:Xinhua Published: 2014-8-29 15:15:05

Newly-elected Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan designated new Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to form a government Friday, said a presidential statement late Thursday.

Erdogan received Davutoglu, also chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) elected on Wednesday, at the Presidential Residence in the Turkish capital of Ankara, and designated him to form the 62nd government of Turkey, according to the statement issued by the Presidential Press Office.

Last Thursday Erdogan announced in the capital Ankara that Davutoglu would become the ruling AKP chairman and the new prime minister as his successor.

Addressing supporters before the ruling AKP congress Wednesday, Erdogan said "We will give Davutoglu the mandate to form the government tomorrow, and the new cabinet will be announced on Friday."

Erdogan, who dominated Turkey's political scene for 11 years as the prime minister, was elected as president on Aug. 10 and he was sworn in as president of Turkey at the Parliamentary General Assembly late Thursday.

Davutoglu has been loyal to the outgoing prime minister as an advisor from 2003 to 2009 when he was the foreign minister in Erdogan's cabinet. He has been famous, for the last 12 years, as the chief architect and ideologue of Turkey's assertive foreign policy, which aims to make Turkey more influential in international community.

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