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Turkish Parliament Marks 91st Anniversary

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TEHRAN, April 24 (ICANA) – Turkish lawmakers on Saturday convened in a special session to mark the 91st anniversary of the opening of the Turkish Grand National Assembly and the National Sovereignty and the Children's Day.
Sunday, April 24, 2011 12:50:39 PM
Turkish Parliament Marks 91st Anniversary

Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin addressed the lawmakers, saying the parliament has been the guarantee for the modern Turkish Republic, its democratic regime and its future, worldbulletin.net reported.

"The Turkish Grand National Assembly embarked on a difficult mission at a time when an entire nation faced the threat of fading away into the history and it created an army, waged the War of Independence, and eventually proclaimed the modern republic," Sahin said.

Sahin said the biggest duty of the parliament was to make a new constitution in the shortest time possible, adding that the current constitution of the country did not fit with the realities and needs of Turkish society.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Chairman of the main opposition Republican People's Party Kemal Kilicdaroglu, and Nationalist Movement Party leader Devlet Bahceli also delivered speeches at Saturday's special session.

The Grand National Assembly was inaugurated in Ankara and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk laid down the foundations of a new, independent, secular, and modern Republic of Turkey on April 23, 1920, during Turkish people's War of Independence.

Ataturk also dedicated this day to the children of the country to emphasize that they were the future of the new nation. Since then, April 23rd National Sovereignty and Children's Day is celebrated in Turkey as a national day.

April 23 is the only children's festival in the world. The importance of April 23 as a special day of children has also been recognized internationally, and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) endorsed this important day as the International Children's Day.

Every year on this date, children from all around the world gather in Turkey to enjoy Children's Day celebrations and festivities in a hope that these memories of friendly atmosphere will contribute to a future of enhanced brotherhood and peace among nations.

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