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Atatürk’s ageless legacy to shed light to future Turkey

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On the 79th anniversary of the death of our dear founding leader, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the whole nation once again had the chance to reflect on the value and importance of the objectives and aspirations he outlined for this young country.

It should be well-noted that no such founding leader in the world is still being commemorated with love, emotion and respect. It is also interesting to observe that this flood of emotions seems to increase with each passing year. A statesman who was born in the late 19th century, who ruled in the early 20th century, and who is still valued and regarded as the ultimate leader in the 21st century, is certainly very rare.

What made Atatürk different from others was his ability to transform the Republic of Turkey on the basis of a positivist but realistic understanding, with a unique development program tailored to meet the needs of a young but poor nation.

Today, this country with its population of more than 80 million is among the world’s 20 largest economies, enjoys geopolitical importance at the crossroads of three continents, and is part of a........

© Hürriyet Daily News