Turkey swears in President Erdogan

Buhari congratulates Turkish leader Erdogan

Buhari congratulates Turkish leader Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accompanied by his wife Emine Erdogan, arrives for a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, on July 9, 2018.

"We have come not to be master but to be servant of our people", he added.

Meanwhile Mevlut Cavusoglu remains in his post as foreign minister.

It also emerged that Mehmet Simsek, a former banker at Merrill Lynch who acted as deputy prime minister in Turkey's previous government, will not hold a position in the new cabinet.

The changes are the result of a bitterly fought referendum in 2017, where Mr Erdogan campaigned for a Yes vote and won narrowly amid allegations of vote rigging. The issue continues to polarise public opinion in Turkey.

"A partisan one-man regime starts officially today", said the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper.

In one of the most significant changes, the European Union affairs ministry, set up in 2011 to oversee Turkey's faltering bid to join the bloc, will be subsumed into the foreign ministry.

"We are embarking on this road by using this opportunity as best we can for a strong parliament, strong government and strong Turkey", he said.

The lira currency, which has been battered this year by concerns about President Tayyip Erdogan's drive for greater control over monetary policy, declined after the changes were published.

In a tweet, Maduro hailed Erdogan as a "friend of Venezuela and leader of the new multi-polar world". Ties with the United States and other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners also frayed, but Turkey remains crucial for any hope of stability in Syria and Iraq and curbing refugee flows to Europe.

Presidents Buhari and Erdogan enjoy a great relationship and have met a number of times since their coming into office.

The markets were keeping a close eye on the finance ministry, keen to see a steady hand at the helm in a fast-growing economy dogged by double-digit inflation and a widening current account deficit.

Investors were waiting to see whether cabinet appointees would include individuals seen as market-friendly, and particularly whether Mehmet Simsek, now deputy prime minister, would continue to oversee the economy. The selection of Berat Albayrak, his son-in-law, as treasury minister had an instant effect on the Turkish lira, which fell by 2.5 per cent within minutes as investors who were expecting an experienced economist sold Turkish stocks.

Ruhsar Pekcan, one of just two women in the cabinet, was named as trade minister.

It allows him to appoint ministers and vice-presidents and intervene in the legal system.

The AKP failed to win a majority in legislative elections and will need support from its allies in the right-wing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) which could push it into more hardline policies.

On the eve of Monday's inauguration authorities dismissed more than 18,000 state employees - a lot of them from the police and army - in what the government said would be the final decree under emergency rule imposed following a failed 2016 coup.

Observers had speculated that the purge might ease after the elections, but on Sunday the government issued a decree dismissing 18,000 state employees including teachers, police and military officers over alleged links to terrorist groups.