Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has assumed his new functions as President of the Republic of Turkey. These duties are new for two reasons. First because he’s been re-elected and second, because from now on, Turkey’s new constitution will apply which grants him new prerogatives.

At the end of a sumptuous ceremony that took place in the White Palace (Spanish translator’s note: the White Palace is the enormous Presidential residence that Erdogan had constructed for himself) the “sultan” jetted off to Azerbaijan and to Northern Cyprus (i.e. the part under Turkish rule) to show that his empire does not lie at the geographic boundaries of Turkey.

The “sultan” delivered several speeches and greeted the crowds not with a two-fingered “V” for Victory, but the “sign of rabia” (see photo), the Hood’s symbolic equivalent to a Masonic handshake. This hand sign came into being following the fall of Mohamed Morsi in Egypt, a country where Morsi risks spending five years in prison. The Turkish Press assures us that it was Erdogan himself that invented this sign.

The “Sultan” has already appointed his cabinet, which he has downsized. He has conferred the portfolio of the Minister of the Economy on his son-in-law, Berat Albayrak. The latter had organized through Çalık Holding, (a company which he owns), to transport oil stolen by Daesh using 8 500 cistern-lorries [1].

All those who collaborated with the former Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, have been removed from office.

Anoosha Boralessa

[1The Erdoğan family and Daesh (next instalment)”, Translation Pete Kimberley, Voltaire Network, 8 November 2016.