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Turkey's youngsters take over on Children's Day

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Turkey's youngsters take over on Children's Day

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Turkey has been marking a double celebration.

The 23rd of April is the 91st anniversary of the country’s parliament and a day that the founder of the modern nation, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, dedicated to children.

It is the culmination of a week of festivities aimed specifically at youngsters.

It is also a time when the powers-that-be hand over the reins to the powers-that-will-be.

The prime minister, the president, provincial governors and cabinet members all gave up their chairs — for a short while at least — so the youth of today can reveal their ideas on how things should be run.

Youngsters from the world over also descended on Turkey for sporting and cultural events.

Children from 90 countries are staying with Turkish families in Ankara for the World Children’s Games, covering sports from tennis and football to basketball and athletics.