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EOS Alerts 9-7-2018

Turkey: Presidential Inauguration in Ankara July 9

On July 9, the inauguration ceremony for incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be held in Ankara. President Erdogan is expected to take the oath of office in front of Parliament (also referred to as the Grand National Assembly of Turkey) at 16:30 local time. The ceremony will be followed by a large reception hosted at the Presidential Complex (Bestepe area) and will begin around 18:00. Later in the evening, Erdogan is expected to announce the members of his cabinet. Security measures are expected to be extremely tight surrounding all events. Opposition gatherings and related unrest cannot be ruled out.

On June 25, Turkey's Supreme Election Council pronounced President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the winner of the 24 June general elections. This was the first presidential election to take place since the country held a referendum in April 2017, which approved constitutional changes granting the president additional powers. The changes effectively rendered permanent many of the additional powers granted by the ongoing state of emergency, in effect since an attempted coup in 2016).

Anticipate extremely high security and localised transportation disruptions in Ankara on 9 July. Avoid all demonstrations and public gathering as a precaution, as related unrest and potential clashes may occur. Be aware of the risk of terrorism and maintain a high degree of vigilance at all times. Report any suspicious objects or behaviour to the relevant authorities and be particularly cautious when visiting sites deemed particularly likely to be targeted in an attack (public transportation, ports, airports, government buildings, embassies or consulates, international organisations, etc.)  

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