Turkey commemorates Atatürk on 78th anniversary of death

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People pose while visiting the mausoleum of of founder of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in Ankara during a ceremony marking the 78th anniversary of his death on November 10, 2016. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today hailed the founder of modern Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk on the 78th anniversary of his death but added the country's influence should go well beyond the borders of the state he created. Ataturk, who died on November 10, 1938, founded Turkey as a secular republic in 1923 out of the ruins of the Ottoman Empire and defeat in World War I. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

A majority of Turks attended events on Thursday to commemorate the memory of the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

In the above photo, people pose while visiting the mausoleum of Atatürk in Ankara during a ceremony marking the 78th anniversary of his death, on Nov. 10, 2016.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today hailed the founder of modern Turkey on the 78th anniversary of his death but added that the country’s influence should go well beyond the borders of the state he created. Atatürk, who died on Nov. 10, 1938, founded Turkey as a secular republic in 1923 from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire and its defeat in World War I.

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