Turkey's New President Sezer Sworn in to Office

Published May 16th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Turkey's new president Ahmet Necdet Sezer was sworn into office on Tuesday for a seven-year mandate in a ceremony at parliament. 

Sezer, the 59-year-old former head of the constitutional court, is the tenth president of 77-year-old modern Turkey and the first head of state who is neither a politician nor a general. 

He was elected in a third-round parliamentary vote on May 5th to succeed the 76-year-old veteran Suleyman Demirel. 

Sezer, known for his staunch defense of democracy and secularism, has raised hopes that his mandate would contribute to Turkey's efforts to carry out comprehensive reforms on the way to European Union membership. 

He will take over the presidency from Demirel at a ceremony in the presidential palace scheduled for 1500 GMT – ANKARA (AFP) 



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