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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives to greet European Council President Donald Tusk (not pictured) before a meeting at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Olivier Hoslet/Pool

Ankara- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will chair on Monday the meeting of the Justice and Development Party Central Executive Committee, kicking off his second term as president. The party is expected to witness huge changes in the Central Decision Making and Central Executive Committee.

Erdogan was reelected to head the party – which he established in 2001 with his peers – in the Third Extraordinary Congress on May 21 as a first practical application of the presidential regime that was stipulated by virtue of constitutional amendments.

These amendments were controversial and garnered a slight majority (51.4%) in the referendum that took place on April 16.

In today’s meeting, Erdogan is set to determine his closest aides and deputy leaders in the administration of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), some sources from AKP revealed to Asharq Al-Awsat.

Sources added that the coming week is expected to witness a limited ministerial amendment and Erdogan will select from 50 members – elected during the congress on May 21 – the members of the Central Executive Committee.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim will be appointed as the deputy president of the party to replace Erdogan when absent – this is a new position that has been added to the party system.

Earlier, Erdogan announced that Turkey has learned its lessons from the failed coup in July 2016 and that it will not allow such a thing to happen again.

In a related matter, last Monday Ankara witnessed the commencement of the trial of 221 plotters of the failed coup, on top of them Fethullah Gulen. Among the accused, there are 200 generals and high officers who have formed the “Peace at Home” council.