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The Government of the Grand National Assembly
Government of the Grand National Assembly
(Turkish: Büyük Millet Meclisi Hükûmeti), commonly known as the Ankara
Ankara
Government (Turkish: Ankara
Ankara
Hükûmeti),[2][3][4][5][6][7] was the name given to the provisional and revolutionary Turkish government based in Ankara during the Turkish War of Independence
Turkish War of Independence
(1919–1923) and during the final years of the Ottoman Empire. It was led by the Turkish National Movement, as opposed to the crumbling Constantinople
Constantinople
Government, which was led by the Ottoman Sultan. During the War of Independence, the Government of the Grand National Assembly commanded the army known as Kuva-yi Milliye
Kuva-yi Milliye
("National Forces"). After the war and victory over the monarchist Constantinople Government, the republican Ankara
Ankara
Government declared the end of the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
and the creation of the Republic of Turkey
Turkey
from its ashes in 1923. The Grand National Assembly is today the parliamentary body of Turkey.

Contents

1 Background 2 The governments 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

Background[edit] See also: History of Turkey At the time the Ankara
Ankara
Government was proclaimed, there existed another Turkish government in the Allied-occupied Constantinople, namely the Imperial Ottoman Government, often known as the " Constantinople
Constantinople
Government" (as opposed to the nationalist Ankara Government). Once the Grand National Assembly was established, on 23 April 1920, without rejecting at first the legitimacy of the Ottoman Sultanate, the new parliament in Ankara
Ankara
formed its own government within the Assembly. The Ministers were called "Vekil" (Acting) instead of the conventional "Nazır", to keep with the provisional nature of the government. The Ankara
Ankara
Government was founded to represent Turkey
Turkey
because of the fact that the de jure capital, Constantinople, was under occupation. President of the GNA (renamed the Grand National Assembly of Turkey after 8 February 1921) and later of the Republic of Turkey, was Mustafa Kemal. Once the Armistice of Mudanya
Armistice of Mudanya
was signed, replacing the Armistice of Mundros (signed by the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
in 1918 at the end of World War I) and ending the Turkish War of Independence, the GNA abolished the imperial Sultanate, which was accused of collaborating with the Allies during the occupation of Turkey. The Constantinople
Constantinople
Government, representing the Ottoman sultanate and the old imperial and monarchical order, initially refused to recognize the Turkish national movement
Turkish national movement
and the Government of the Grand National Assembly in Ankara, holding that it alone was the legitimate government of the Ottoman Empire. It attempted to militarily defeat the Ankara
Ankara
Government using its Kuva-yi Inzibatiye, commonly known as the "Army of the Caliphate" (as opposed to the GNA's forces, the Kuva-yi Milliye, "Army of the Nation"), but failed to do so. In 1921, diplomatic teams from both the monarchist Constantinople
Constantinople
Government and the republican Ankara
Ankara
Government appeared at the Conference of London. In a surprising move, however, the Ottoman diplomatic team led by Ahmet Tevfik Pasha
Ahmet Tevfik Pasha
gave in and allowed the Turkish diplomatic team led by Bekir Sami Kunduh
Bekir Sami Kunduh
to be the sole representatives of the country at the conference. The Treaty of Lausanne
Treaty of Lausanne
was signed on 24 July 1923, between the representatives of the Allies and of Ankara, thus officially recognizing the government of Ankara
Ankara
as the legitimate Turkish government. On 29 October, the Republic of Turkey
Turkey
was proclaimed by the Grand National National Assembly of Turkey. The governments[edit] The governments prior to the Republic were used to be called "Executive ministers of Turkey." They were:

1st cabinet of the Executive Ministers of Turkey 2nd cabinet of the Executive Ministers of Turkey 3rd cabinet of the Executive Ministers of Turkey 4th cabinet of the Executive Ministers of Turkey 5th cabinet of the Executive Ministers of Turkey

See also[edit]

Turkish National Movement Armistice of Mudanya Turkish War of Independence Abolition of the Ottoman Sultanate

References[edit]

^ Belgelerle Türk tarihi dergisi, Edition 18, Menteş Kitabevi, 1986, page 72. (in Turkish) ^ Esra Yakut: Şeyhülislâmlık: yenileşme döneminde devlet ve din, Kitap Yayinevi Ltd., 2005, ISBN 9789758704941, page 198,199. (in Turkish) ^ Pars Tuğlacı: Çağdaş Türkiye, Cem Yayınevi, 1987, Turkey
Turkey
page 358. (in Turkish) ^ Hakan Alan, Avni Alan: İstanbul Şehir Rehberi, ASBOOK, 2007, ISBN 9750114701, page 12. (in Turkish) ^ Yahya Kemal: Eğil Dağlar, Kubbealti Publishing, 1966, ISBN 9757618519, pages 13, 92-93, 138, 155, 170, 188, 204-205, 232, 302, 338. (in Turkish) ^ William Hale: Turkish Foreign Policy, 1774-2000, Routledge, 2012, ISBN 0415599865, pages 36, 37, 38, 50, 265. ^ Kemal Kirişci, Gareth M. Winrow: The Kurdish Question and Turkey: An Example of a Trans-State Ethnic Conflict, Routledge, 1997, ISBN 0714647462, pages 71-75, 77-79, 80, 82-84.

External links[edit]

History of the Grand

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