Erdogan chairs Turkish cabinet meeting, pushing presidential powers

January 19, 2015 11:38 AM

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Erdogan chairs Turkish cabinet meeting, pushing presidential powers

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan became the first Turkish president to chair a cabinet meeting in more than a decade on Monday, furthering his drive for a stronger presidency and fuelling concern among critics that he is accumulating too much power.

Erdogan, who had already dominated Turkish politics for a decade as prime minister when he won the presidency last August, has made no secret of his desire to transform the previously largely ceremonial role.

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