The leader of the nationalist movement in Turkey and a prominent figure in Turkish political history, Alparslan Turkes was on Friday commemorated on the 23rd anniversary of his death.

Before his birth, Turkes’s family was caught in a land feud in the city of Kayseri — now in central Turkey — resulting in their exile by then-Ottoman Sultan Abdulaziz. Turkes was born on the island of Cyprus on Nov. 25, 1917.

He was educated by major Turkish nationalists, such as Husnu Bey, Selahattin Bey, Mehmet Asim Bey, Ragip Tuzun Bey, Turgut Bey, Osman Zeki Bey, and Faiz Kaymak. One

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