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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) waves after he was sworn in as president in Ankara, Trkiye, June 3, 2023. /CFP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday announced a major reshuffle in his cabinet, appointing new ministers for foreign affairs, defense and vice president.

Hakan Fidan, who has been at the helm of the National Intelligence Organization since 2010, assumes the role of foreign minister.

The new treasury and finance minister is Mehmet Simsek, who served as finance minister and deputy prime minister from 2009 to 2018. Simsek is a respected economist who is seen as a safe pair of hands in the turbulent Turkish economy.

Yasar Guler, who previously served as the chief of general staff and is seen as a hardliner on national security issues, takes on the role of defense minister.

The new vice president is Cevdet Yilmaz, who previously served as deputy prime minister and development minister.

Erdogan was sworn in for a third term as president on Saturday. In his inaugural speech, he pledged to introduce a more liberal constitution and to unite the Turkish people.

He won 52.18 percent of votes in the presidential runoff on May 28 against his rival Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the center-left Republican People's Party.

Having led the country since he became prime minister in 2003, Erdogan became the first executive president of Trkiye in 2018 following a constitutional referendum in 2017 that changed Trkiye's parliamentary system into a presidential one.

(With input from Xinhua)

Source: CGTN

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