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Turgut Özal, Biography by Hikmet Özdemir

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Pir-i Turkistan Hodja Ahmet Yesevi and to their children.

I wrote this biography in deep pain…

I wish eternal happiness to our nation, our armies, our republic…

One may wonder why I gifted my work to “Pir-i Turkistan Hodja Ahmet Yesevi and his children”…

I was attending the meeting on “Hodja Ahmet Yesevi and the Turkish World” in Ankara Kocatepe Cultural Center on Saturday, April 17, 1993, as the Chief Advisor to the President; The other speaker was Namık Kemal Zeybek, Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister. The meeting had just begun; the hall door was opened and the officer who entered with a folded paper in his hand walked up to the podium we were in… He raised his head and looked at the people in the hall; “Our President, Özal Hakkı, has attained his mercy; May his place be in heaven, the meeting is over! My friend Celal (Kazdağlı) and I ran through the flood waters that overflowed from the heavy rain and arrived at Hacettepe Hospital out of breath…

As it was said in the lament:

Everyone was crying in front of the hospital.

After that eternal calm, writing the biography of the 8th President was also among my responsibilities…

Of course, the biography hero would take his son to Turkistan, to the realm of Hoca Ahmet Yesevi and to the lands of our first homeland.

Wasn’t it a sign that before the hero’s death, he insistently visited the Asian Turkic Republics, the encampment cities of the old Turkish states in the ancient geography, the holy places and the Hodja Ahmet Yesevi Tomb, this time as the President of Turkey, once again (in the first instance, the Prime Minister of Turkey)?

Hikmet Ozdemir

April 17, 2014

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