Turkey is commemorating Turgut Ozal on the 27th anniversary of his passing for both his politics and the economic innovations he brought to the country.

From 1983-1989, Ozal served as the 26th prime minister of Turkey as leader of the Motherland Party (ANAP) and from 1989-1993 served as the country’s eighth president.

Turkey remembers Ozal as the leader who transformed the country’s economy into a market economy as the country emerged from three years of military rule in 1983.

He passed away on April 17, 1993, from a sudden heart attack after returning from a 12-day tour of the

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