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Turkey's Ex-PM Made Parliament Speaker After Office Abolished

Turkey's Parliament has elected former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim as its speaker. Legislators in the 600-seat assembly elected 62-year-old Yildirim with 335 votes in a third round of balloting on Thursday.   Turkey this week formally switched to an executive system of government that abolished the office of prime minister and concentrates sweeping powers in the hands of the president. Under the new system, the president can issue decrees, prepare the budget and impose a...

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