Turkey initiates new economic, judicial reform era

Turkey initiates new economic, judicial reform era
# 13 November 2020 20:07 (UTC +04:00)

Turkey has begun a fresh era of reforms in the economy and judiciary, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, APA reports citing Anadolu Agency.

"We are starting a new period of reforms in the economy and judiciary in our country," Erdogan said at a provincial convention of his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party.

The Turkish president said the priority is to immediately draw inflation rate to single-digits, and his government is launching "a new campaign focusing on stability, growth and employment".

Without giving details, Erdogan also said: "those who attempted to meddle with Turkey through tutelage, terror, coup, political and social chaos have also attacked our economy."

He further stressed the necessity of meeting Turkey's 2023 goals, and said: "We are experiencing a period in which the fate of the [ruling] AK Party and the nation are integrated."



COVID-19 vaccine must be universal

Later in the day, speaking at an inauguration ceremony of the Tekirdag City Hospital in northwestern Turkey, Erdogan urged for universal access to a vaccine against the novel coronavirus.

"The produced vaccine must be the common property of all of humanity, and not be sacrificed to corporations' ambitions for profit," Erdogan said.

The Turkish president denounced as "disgraceful” those who sought to profit from such a situation that concerned the entire world and the lives of millions.

He highlighted that Turkey continued to work on its own indigenous vaccinations "in a versatile manner," amid a rise in the worldwide number of coronavirus cases and patients, as well as deaths related to the disease.

Earlier this week, Turkey expanded smoking restrictions across the country, namely on crowded streets and in other public areas due to the coronavirus.

Turkey has so far reported more than 404,000 COVID-19 cases, while over 346,700 of the patients have recovered from the disease which has claimed 11,233 lives in the country.