Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday took the oath as the first president of Turkey elected in the polls, giving it a term of five years at the Euro-Asian state.

“In my capacity as President, swear on my honor and reputation to the great Turkish nation and before history to safeguard the existence and independence of the state,” said Erdogan, 60, to take the oath. The new president, succeeding Abdullah Gül, has promised to respect “the Constitution, the rule of law, democracy, principles and reforms [Mustafa Kemal] Atatürk and the principles of the secular republic” founded by the latter in 1923 on the ruins of the Ottoman Empire.

The oath of that for 12 years he was prime minister, and who was elected president last August 10 to 52% of the vote took place in Parliament, in a ceremony attended by dozens of foreign guests, but noted the Western dignitaries absence of first level.

The new head of state, the twelfth in the history of the Republic, appointed prime minister until now foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, who yesterday was unanimously elected leader of the ruling Justice and Development (AKP), also replacing Erdogan.