Millions of people in Turkey took part in the celebrations devoted to Day of Republic, national holiday of the country. 94 years ago, it was proclaimed the establishment of the new secular state, a parliamentary Republic.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, opposition leaders and commander of the armed forces laid wreaths at the mausoleum of modern Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
«The spirit that brought the Turks to victory in the liberation war alive and now. He was manifested in the fight against members of the coup on July 15. The Turkish Republic, which you bequeathed us, was the result of valor and heroism,» wrote the head of state.
However, the current Republic is significantly different from the one that was created by Ataturk almost a century ago. She is rapidly losing its secular character and authority no longer lies with the Cabinet of Ministers, and the President, who many call the new Sultan.