Turkey's first president has been spotted around the Izmit district of Kocaeli. The odd thing is, however, that Kemal Ataturk died in 1938.
Ataturk lookylike Göksel Kaya has been visiting schools in the district, causing children to weep tears of joy, the Dogan news agency has reported.
Ataturk was a revolutionary statesman and military leader whose military campaigns gained Turkey its independence in 1923. His subsequent political, economic and cultural reforms transformed the nation and ensured Ataturk's continued reverence by generations of Turks.
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So it's not surprising that the visiting doppelganger caused an outbreak of confusion and emotion. Some students cried and embraced the 'leader', while others gaped. "Aren't you dead?" one student even asked.
The visits are part of a campaign to educate students about the upcoming Children's Day and National Sovereignty Day, on April 23.