Ankara, 2 September 2022 (TDI): President of Turkiye, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, delivered a speech on Thursday at the Opening Ceremony of the Judicial Year 2022-2023 at the Court of Cassation.

President Tayyip Erdogan, in his address at the opening ceremony, assured the audience to ameliorate the Justice system of Türkiye.

Remarks of the President Tayyip Erdoğan

Opening the ceremony, the President reflected on the experiences and knowledge that Türkiye has gained over the century and crafted the future accordingly.

“I hope, on the centenary of our Republic, we will take inventory of and assess the experience and knowledge we have gained in the past century and measure the progress we have made.

I also hope the year 2023 will bring us the spirit to think, contemplate, dream, and set new goals about our visions for the next century,” he said.

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Talking about the development of key institutions of the country, he added, “I believe we need to exert such an effort regarding our justice system, judicial institutions, and legal infrastructure as well as other areas.”

Referring to the constitution of Türkiye, the President emphasized that, “Türkiye is a democratic, secular and social state of law.”

“The ‘state of law,’ which is the common ground of all our state’s characteristics specified in our Constitution, is an emphasis of utmost importance with historical origins. This quest lies at the center of all the struggles in human history.”

In addition to that, he also highlighted the reforms Türkiye has made over the past two decades. The reforms include, “people’s rights & freedoms, women’s rights, children’s rights & improving our justice system have been the most important elements of our reforms.”

These reforms have strengthened the state of the law of the country, he emphasized. He also talked about the changing political dynamics of the World.

“The world is going through a period when the political and economic balances of power, established in the last century, are shaken to its roots.”

“This process, which started with the global financial crisis, grew deeper with the coronavirus pandemic, and expanded with the Ukraine-Russia war, has brought Türkiye to a historic crossroads,” President Erdoğan said.

To build the Century of Türkiye

Highlighting the struggles and losses of the past century, the fall of the Ottoman Empire, he noted that Türkiye has finally been able to complete building the democracy and development infrastructure whereby they can utilize their own potential.

“The reality now is that Türkiye has risen to a new level, a new league. Every new development reaffirms the magnitude of the opportunity ahead of our country, and the power of our potential to seize it.

With the infrastructure built in the past 20 years, Türkiye has been preparing for today. Maybe it has not been easy to reach the threshold of the great leap forward, we will make for the second century of the Republic.

Yet, we are ready to build a great and powerful Türkiye, the Century of Türkiye, while the world and our region are boiling over,” he added.

In the same vein, he expressed his gratitude for the development of Türkiye over the past decades. “[Now] We have the tools we need in all areas from education to healthcare, from security to justice, from transportation to energy, from industry to agriculture.

Türkiye, with its production, employment, and exportation, has now surpassed its own region, and is now rising as a political and economic power at a global level.”

Moreover, “We have now achieved the necessary power, ability, and influence to advance towards our goals both at home and abroad,” he added.

Talking about the International standing of Türkiye, he said, “Our presence is now recognized across the world from Europe to Asia, from Africa to America, with our political relations, diplomatic networks, civil society organizations, & even with our military power.”

Also, President Erdoğan underscored, “we are virtually the only country that can establish and maintain relations with warring parties across various locations, not just in the Ukraine crisis, at the same level and influence as a symbol of conscience and justice,”.