Erdoğan repeats plans for reforms in economy, judiciary

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday reiterated his government’s plans to begin a new era of reforms in the economy, democracy and judiciary.

The Turkish president lauded Turkey for suffering minimal losses during the pandemic, and said the government had been taking steps to bring the country to “the place it deserves” in the global political and economic order, which will be reshaped following the pandemic, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

“We are going to work together, strive and struggle to be worthy of our nation,” Erdoğan said at a provincial congress of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Istanbul via video conference. “Turkey is starting a new era of reforms in the economy, democracy and judiciary in the country.”

Erdoğan on Friday announced his government’s work on new economic policy, based on price, finance and macroeconomic stability, as part of a new reform period which he said would also emphasise a human rights action plan. The Turkish president also said his ruling AKP’s fate was integrated with Turkey, noting that the country would “fall into a pit of uncertainty, instability, and a political and financial yoke,” if the AKP were to fail.

Since 2018, the Turkish economy has been in a crisis, which has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Turkish Finance Minister and Erdoğan’s son-in-law Berat Albayrak resigned last week, in a move that has created waves in the country’s political and financial circles.

Erdoğan on Saturday also called on citizens to comply with measures taken to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I expect our nation to carefully comply with the measures we have put in place to combat the pandemic in this critical period,” Erdoğan said.