Turkey marks 97th anniversary of Republic Day

Duvar English

Turkey is set to mark the 97th anniversary of its republic’s founding day on Oct. 29, with celebrations expected to take place across the country.

A ceremony took place in Anıtkabir, Turkey’s founding father Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s maouseloum in the country’s capital, with Turkish officials paying respects.

Contrary to previous years, this year’s ceremony was held under COVID-19 measures, with officials wearing masks and abiding by social distancing.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, ministers, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, İYİ (Good) Party leader Meral Akşener and dozens of other Turkish officials laid wreath in Anıtkabir.

Erdoğan is set to accept officials at the presidential palace later in the day.

A day earlier, Erdoğan released a statement to mark the day.

“I hail the October 29 Republic Day of all our citizens, living both at home and abroad,” he tweeted on Oct. 28.

Passengers were distributed Turkish flags in Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport.

Erdoğan went on to commemorate Atatürk, as well as “the heroes in our fight for independence, all the martyrs, and veterans that fought for the Republic of Turkey.”

“Our country will continue acting on its own vision and agenda regardless of what others say or do,” Erdoğan said.

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The Republic Day is being celebrated in all provinces of Turkey and the country’s representations abroad.

The government ceremony in the capital Ankara will be joined by various events, including concerts, marches, and fireworks across the country.

On Oct. 29, 1923, Atatürk officially declared the name of the nation and proclaimed the country’s status as a republic.

Turkish Republic’s founding father Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

A vote then took place in the Grand National Assembly, and Atatürk was elected the first president of the Republic of Turkey by unanimous vote.

Since then, Turkey celebrates the Republic Day every Oct. 29. The Republic is due to celebrate its centenary in 2023.

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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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