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President Lungu attends Turkish President Erdogan’s inauguration


President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (centre) with his Sudanese counterpart attends the inauguration of Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Presidential Complex in Ankara,Turkey on Monday,July 9,2018. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE ©2018
PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu was yesterday among 22 Heads of State and foreign dignitaries invited to attend Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s inauguration ceremony in the capital, Ankara.

Mr Erdogan took oath of office to become the first Turkish President under the new presidential system of Government.

President Erdogan invited President Lungu along with Gabonese President Ali Bongo, Jose Mario Vaz of Guinea Bissau and Equatorial Guinea President, Teodoro Obiang Nguema to his inauguration.

Others are Mauritiania’s Muhammed Veled Abdul Aziz, President Idriss Deby of Chad , Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajom, Djibouti’s Ismail Omar Guelleh and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

Presidents of Bulgaria, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Venezuela, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Emir of Qatar were also in attendance.

In his inaugural speech, President Erdogan said no country needs a saviour and the only thing that humanity needs is justice and equality.

“There are no borders to our hearts, the picture that I see in front of me is testimony of this, I would like to thank all leaders that have traveled from far places to celebrate with us,” President Erdogan said.

He promised to ensure that no Turkish citizen will goes hungry and fails to support their children’s education.

“From now on we will have a directly elected President whom the nation has the right to hold accountable,” President Erdogan said

Earlier, Mr Erdogan was sworn-in at the Grand National Assembly before Acting Parliament Speaker, Durmus Yilmaz.

After the swearing-in ceremony, Mr Erdogan visited the mausoleum of the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk before proceeding to the Presidential Complex to make his inaugural speech.

On April 16, 2017, the Turkish people voted in a referendum to change the constitution from a parliamentary to a presidential system.

President Erdogan subsequently called a snap presidential and parliamentary election on June 24, 2018 in which he emerged victorious with a 52.6 percent first round majority vote to become Turkey’s first executive President under the new constitution.

Under the new executive presidential system, the Cabinet will be reduced from 26 to 16 while the Prime Minister’s office will be abolished.


  1. Has anyone noticed the common thread in the African leaders invited by this Erdogan president? Mixture of failed states, dictatorships and banana republics! Zambians be thankful to the Erdogan. He has helped to have that veil lifted from your eyes
    Eeeish! Somali, Mauritania, Chad, Sudan!!! Lord have mercy on your child Zambia. She knows not what she is doing

  2. Lungu is in good company of arbitrary rulers,autocrats and hypocrites .Notice the “i’ve banned unneccesary travel” president is amongst the many “change the constitutional term limits” leaders here?

  3. You can judge a person by the company they keep. Academicians hang around other academicians ,chibuku drinkers hang around their type in Matero and Lungu hangs…well ,nuff said.

  4. That is what happens when you are too dependent on people for your economic existence.

    I was wondering where the other countries with whom Turkey was seeking alliance such as EU Member States were. No respectable country heads of state were there.

    Such a shame that we are now bedfellows with Sudanese President Al Bashir.

  5. That’s the level Lungu wants Zambia to go. Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, Somali…, …, …
    And look, these are all Islamists meeting in Islamic Turkey. And yet he builds so called Zambia Church.

  6. This is what Lazy Lungu likes travelling..not taking responsibility.
    Meanwhile Kaiser is drink driving all over the place.

    • Lazy bum tribal hooligan and bully son of a polygamist father is jealous Hagain! Goodness, it will NEVER be president no matter how much you stretch it!

  7. Pombe Chakolwa does not have the backbone or vision to see what damage this could do. Unlike the dictators he’s proudly rubbing shoulders with, Jona only thinks of (K.K.K) “Kudya, Kuyaka, na kuvina” eating, drinking & dancing, whilst getting hefty US Dollar allowances, for doing Fcu.k -all.
    What does one expect from the former Chawama shebeen owner, miraculously turned Head of State??

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