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Turkey celebrates 90th anniversary on Republic Day

Oct. 29, 2013 at 10:49 AM

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Turkey kicked off its 90th anniversary Tuesday with a ceremony at the mausoleum of the country's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

President Abdullah Gul laid a wreath on the tomb for the event, the Anadolu Agency reported.

"Because of our country's gains as it approaches its centennial anniversary, we are proud of our country for its rise in all fields and its development as a global center," Gul wrote in a guest book for the event.

Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Constitutional Court President Hasim Kilic attended the ceremony.

The official recognition of Turkey took place Oct. 29, 1923, and since then, the country has celebrated Republic Day on the date.

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