Former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, who changed the Turkish political landscape by introducing conservative masses to politics, was commemorated on the fourth anniversary of his death.
A commemoration ceremony was held at his grave in Istanbul’s Zeytinburnu district on Friday while the late politician’s admirers held events in his memory all across Turkey.
A separate commemoration ceremony was held in the northwestern city of Bursa with the participation of former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Erbakan’s son Fatih. In his lifetime, Erbakan was known for his efforts to improve ties with Iran and Arab countries. Ahmadinejad praised Erbakan as “a genuine statesman and Muslim [who] worked hard to keep our countries strong and prosperous.”