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Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

 

It’s been 81 years since Atatürk died, but he remains the sole super hero of modern Turkey.

Ataturk was unanimously elected President of the new Republic of Turkey by the Assembly. On April 23, 1920, Ataturk was elected to its Presidency.

 

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was born in Kocakasim District, Salonika in 1881. His father was Ali Riza Efendi and mother was Zübeyde Hanim. Four of Atatürk’s five siblings died at an early age, only his sister Makbule Atadan survived and lived until 1956. During his primary education, he lost his father. He enrolled to Salonika Junior High School for Civil Servants. After a short time in 1893, he transferred to Military Junior High School. In 1905 he completed the Military Academy and graduated with the rank of a captain.

 

Emerging as a military hero at the Dardanelles in 1915, he became the leader of the Turkish national liberation struggle in 1919. In the early 1920s as a triumphant commander Ataturk crushed the invaders of his country.

 

In 1923, the national government signed the Lausanne Treaty with Great Britain, France, Greece, Italy, and others. Then Ankara became the capital of the new Turkish State. On October 29, the Republic was proclaimed and Ataturk was unanimously elected President of the Republic. He made a lot of reforms in all fields of life; education, economy, politics, industry, health, transportation, social life, culture, music, cinema.

 

 

Ataturk’s achievements in Turkey are an enduring monument to Atatürk. Emerging nations admire him as the pioneer of national liberation. The world honors his memory as a foremost peacemaker. Atatürk stands as one of the world’s few figures who dedicated their lives totally to their nations.

 

Ataturk is the hero of all Turks because he didn’t hesitate to devote his life to his country. Through the achievements of Ataturk, Turkey has been the first Muslim nation to become a Republic and Turkey has served since the early 1920s as a model for both Muslim and non-Muslim nations in the world.

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