Abdullah Gul, the 11th President of Turkey, was sworn in as president at the Parliamentary General Assembly.
On assuming the office, President Gul took the following oath before the Turkish parliament:
"In my capacity as President of the Republic I swear upon my honour and integrity before the Turkish Nation and before history to safeguard the existence and independence of the state, the indivisible integrity of the country and the Nation and the absolute sovereignty of the Nation, to abide by the Constitution, the rule of law, democracy, the principle of the secular Republic, not to deviate from the ideal according to which everyone is entitled to enjoy human rights and fundamental freedoms under conditions of national peace and prosperity and in a spirit of national solidarity and justice, and do my utmost to preserve and exalt the glory and honour of the Republic of Turkey and perform without bias the functions that I have assumed."
"I will embrace all our citizens without any discrimination," President Abdullah Gul said.
"I will maintain my impartiality and do everything in my power to ensure harmony among state organs," Gul stated in a keynote speech he made after he was sworn in as the 11th President of Turkey at the parliament.
Gul noted, "we are undergoing a period in which we have the opportunity to show not only ourselves but also the entire world how mature our democracy is."
"We have to work together to strengthen Turkey, and the goal of Great Leader Ataturk, the Founder of the Republic, to 'bring Turkey over the level of contemporary civilizations' should always be in our minds," he emphasized.
On the other hand, Gul said, "the Republic of Turkey is a democratic, secular and social state of law. I will be determined to defend and fortify all these principles without any discrimination."
"Secularism, one of the basic principles of the Republic, is a social peace role as well as a model that liberalizes different living styles in a democratic life which is a system of rights and liberties. Moreover, the easiest way to eliminate clashes and disputes in a society is commitment to the principle of secularism," Gul added.
"Being a transparent community is a must for development of the countries and happiness of the people. Freedom of expression and freedoms of religion and conscience are the guarantees for our people to have a honorable life," Gul stressed.
President Gul noted, "our differences and diversities will be our treasure. If we can see this fact, we will be able to boost unity and order."
"The state exists in order to secure tranquility, prosperity and security of the people," he underlined.
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Gul stated, "our main objective should be to settle circumstances providing our women to take part in every field of life in an active way. I will support every step which will serve for this objective."