MHP deputy Aktan remembered, laid to rest
The Foreign Ministry yesterday held a memorial service for opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Deputy and former Ambassador Gunduz Aktan, who passed away on Wednesday. Another ceremony was later held at Parliament, followed by funeral prayers at Ankara's Kocatepe mosque. Among those who attended the ceremonies were President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Foreign Minister Ali Babacan, Cabinet members, main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal, opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli, former President Suleyman Demirel, former Foreign Minister Hikmet Cetin, other political party leaders, members of Parliament, Foreign Ministry bureaucrats, and army commanders. Aktan was laid to rest yesterday in Buyukada, Istanbul.