President Erdoğan visits Anıtkabir as Turkey marks Victory Day
Turkey is celebrating the Victory Day on Aug. 30, marking the 92nd anniversary of the Turkish victory against Greek forces at the Battle of DumlupÄ±nar, the final battle of the War of Independence.
The celebrations began with an official ceremony at AnÄ±tkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal AtatÃ¼rk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, which was attended by political leaders and military commanders.
President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄan, Parliament Speaker Cemil ÃiÃ§ek, Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoÄlu, Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ãzel, Constitutional Court President HaÅim KÄ±lÄ±Ã§, deputy prime ministers BÃ¼lent ArÄ±nÃ§, Ali Babacan, YalÃ§Ä±n AkdoÄan and Numan KurtulmuÅ were present at the ceremony.
Main opposition Republican Peopleâs Party (CHP) leader Kemal KÄ±lÄ±Ã§daroÄlu also attended the ceremony although his party boycotted ErdoÄanâs oath-taking ceremony in Parliament on Aug. 28. However, KÄ±lÄ±Ã§daroÄlu did not attend the program at the Ãankaya Palace following the visit to AnÄ±tkabir, while Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet BahÃ§eli preferred to skip the entire program in Ankara and join the celebrations in Afyon.
President ErdoÄan left a wreath on AtatÃ¼rk's Mausoleum and the group observed a minute's silence afterwards, which was followed by the recitation of the Turkish national anthem.
ErdoÄan will later attend a military parade and host a reception at the Ãankaya Presidential Palace in the evening.
Victory Day, marked on Aug. 30, was won under the leadership of AtatÃ¼rk. The victory over the Greek military on Aug. 30, 1922 was the last large engagement between the two armies. The war began...