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Monday, 28 February 2011

End of an era in Turkish politics


Former Turkey prime minister and founder of Turkey’s Islamic political movement Necmettin Erbakan has died at the age of 84 due to multiple organ failure. Erbakan who served as prime minister between 1996 and 1997 had been receiving treatment since early January.

Head doctor Tevfik Ali Küçükbaş said Erbakan’s death occurred at 11:40 a.m. on Sunday despite doctors’ efforts to keep him alive.
Necmettin Erbakan is seen as a man who has helped shape Turkey’s political scene, both President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, along with Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç and dozens of other current politicians, were students of Erbakan and introduced to the political arena by him.

Party officials and family members say Erbakan will be buried in Istanbul on Tuesday after a funeral ceremony at Fatih Mosque. His family rejected proposals for an official ceremony in Parliament, a custom applied to all former deputies and ministers.

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