The Turkish Republic is based on
a secular, democratic, pluralistic and parliamentary system where
human rights are protected by law and social justice. The National
Assembly is elected by popular vote and the nation is governed by
the Council of Ministers headed by the Prime Minister.
Turkey is a founding member of OECD, the Black Sea Economic Cooperation
Organization, a member of NATO, the European Council and the European
Parliament, and an associate member of the European Union.