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In pictures: Ecevit funeral

A hearse with flowers carries the casket of Bulent Ecevit

Thousands lined the streets of the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Saturday to pay their respects to former leader Bulent Ecevit.

People with posters, one reads: Our hope is Ecevit

Mr Ecevit, who was 81, served as Turkish prime minister five times in a political career spanning 50 years.

Bulent Ecevit's wife Rahsan Ecevit

His widow, Rahsan Ecevit, was among the mourners at ceremonies which culminated in a state funeral.

Crowds line the streets of Ankara

The crowds turned the funeral into a political event - a show of support for the republic and the secular principles it was founded on.

Senior Turkish officials watch the hearse carrying Bulent Ecevit's body

There were cheers for the president and military commanders, but jeers for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (centre) whose party has its roots in political Islam.

A man next to a portrait of Bulent Ecevit

Many people say they will remember Bulent Ecevit, in his customary cloth cap, as a modest man from the political left wing and an honest one.






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