The Turkish Republic, founded by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, turns 100 on October 29, today. A century ago, visionary leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk set the Republic of Türkiye on a path of progress, democracy, and a strong national identity. Happy 100th birthday, Türkiye Republic.
Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Pasha, in collaboration with Ismet Inonu Pasha, drafted pivotal legislation in the late hours of October 28th and early morning on October 29th, within the historic confines of Cankaya Mansion. This proposal aimed to introduce crucial amendments to the foundational articles of the constitution, which defined the state's structure.
Among the most significant provisions within this amendment were the declarations that 'The State of Türkiye is a republic,' and 'The President of Türkiye elected by the General Assembly of the Turkish Grand National Assembly from among its members for a single term, and they shall serve as the President of Türkiye is the head of state,'
After that, a vote was held in the Grand National Assembly, and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was elected as the first President of the Republic of Türkiye.
This historic moment signaled the conclusion of the Ottoman Sultanate and the dawn of a modern, secular, and nationalist state known as Türkiye. This significant occasion is commemorated each year on October 29 as Republic Day in Türkiye.
October 29th Türkiye Republic Day is not merely a date on the calendar; it's a day when Türkiye celebrates its history, honors its founding principles, and reflects on the remarkable journey that has unfolded over a century. Republic Day in Türkiye is a time to cherish the nation's accomplishments, reaffirm its commitment to its core values, and look forward to a bright and promising future.
As the Turkish Republic reaches its centenary, it serves as a testament to the enduring legacy of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and all those who worked tirelessly to shape a nation that is proud, progressive, and firmly rooted in the principles of democracy and republicanism. Happy 100th birthday, Türkiye!