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>> Turkey's new Prime Minister announces his cabinet, with a reshuffle that clearly reflects President Erdogan's growing power. Reuters bureau chief Nick Tattersall is following the story in Ankara.>> The new Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, a close Erdogan ally for two decades, telling Parliament not long after he names the new team.
That the top priority would be reforming the constitution, and that Turkey now had a historic opportunity to create the presidential system. He said that would effectively mean legally putting in the provisions for what was all ready a reality. Namely, that the center of power lies with President Erdogan.
Prosecutors have opened more than 1,800 cases against people for insulting the President since he took on the role in 2014. Opposition newspapers have been shut, journalists and academics critical of government policies sacked. Erdogan's opponents and skeptical western allies now fear growing authoritarianism, at a time when good relations were already strained.
On foreign policy, no change in the foreign minister, but there is a new EU minister, former AKP spokesman, Omer Celik, another close Erdogan ally. That change comes at a difficult time in relations between Turkey and the EU. Europe dependent on Turkey to try to stop the flow of illegal migrants into Europe.
Turkey wanting in return, visa free travel for it's citizens. It's something that hit somewhat of a stumbling block in recent weeks over Turkey's refusal to change it's anti-terrorism laws. Erdogan became Turkey's first directly elected president in 2014. He has already transformed the largely ceremonial role into a much more active one.
But it seems he isn't finished yet.