Bakchisaray (QHA) - The courtyard of the Khan’s palace in Bakchisaray hosted the inauguration ceremony of newly elected head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov and newly elected Mejlis members.
The ceremony symbolically took place on the first Friday after Kurultay of Crimean Tatar people, at which new head and members of Mejlis were elected.
The ceremony gathered representatives of central and regional Mejlises, business elite, artists, veterans of Crimean Tatar national movement and others.
First of all, the guests and participants made a Friday prayer (Juma namaz) at the Khan’s mosque. Then they prayed at the Khan’s cemetery.
After the prayer everyone gathered at the courtyard of the Khan’s palace.
Shevket Memetov, who conducted the ceremony, noted the historical significance of the event. He said that at this very place almost a century ago, Noman Chelebidjihan, Dzhafer Seydamet and Asan Sabri-Ayvazov set up the Crimean Tatar national flag. In 1917, the first Kurultay of Crimean Tatar people took place. And in the 1930s, Bolsheviks committed repressions, during which prominent Crimean Tatar political leaders were killed.
Afterwards, the leading artists of the Crimean Tatar Theater Seytabla Memetov and Emine Dzhevdetova performed the Crimean Tatar national anthem.
Leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Jemilev spoke at the ceremony. He noted that in the history of the Crimean Tatar national movement, this event could take the place of the most important event, as finally, at their motherland the Crimean Tatars have restored their national system of self-government.
Mustafa Jemilev handed over to Refat Chubarov the national flag, key documents and the stamp of Mejlis.
Mufti of Crimea, Emirali Ablayev passed to Refat Chubarov Koran. Refat Chubarov kissed the Koran and said the words of oath.
Afterwards, all newly elected members of Mejlis said the words of oath and kissed the national flag.
After the ceremony, the new composition of Mejlis was captured by photographers on the background of the “Iron door” (Demir ka’pi) at the Khan’s palace. Back in 1917, delegates of the first Kurultay of Crimean Tatar people were photographed here.
Afterwards, the Crimean Tatar artists performed patriotic songs.