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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan


Incumbent
Assumed office 
14 March 2003
President Abdullah Gül
Deputy Cemil Çiçek
Bülent Arınç
Preceded by Abdullah Gül

In office
27 March 1994 – 6 November 1998
Preceded by Nurettin Sözen
Succeeded by Ali Müfit Gürtuna

Born 26 February 1954 (1954-02-26) (age 56)
Kasımpaşa, Istanbul, Turkey
Political party Justice and Development Party
Spouse(s) Emine Erdoğan
Alma mater Marmara University
Religion Sunni Islam
Signature Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Website Rte.gen.tr

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (Turkish pronunciation: [reˈdʒep taːˈjip ˈerdoː.an]; born February 26, 1954) is a Turkish politician, a former mayor of Istanbul and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey since 14 March 2003. He is also the chairman of the Justice and Development Party (AK Parti), which holds a majority of the seats in the Turkish Parliament.

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Personal life and education

Erdoğan was born in Istanbul, Turkey[1] to a Georgian family that moved from Batumi (now in Georgia) to Rize. Erdoğan partially descends from the family of Bagatlı Recep, a large Turkish family that was settled around Trabzon after Sultan Mehmed II's conquest of the city. [2]

Erdoğan grew up, in the Kasımpaşa district of Istanbul, a less than affluent neighborhood, famous for its macho honor code.[3] Kasımpaşa men are known to be quick to anger, painfully proud and blunt in word, and he has always been proud of being one.[3]

Erdoğan's grandfather "Bagatlı Recep", Recep from Bagat, died in 1916 fighting against the invading Russian and Armenian forces.[4]

Erdoğan spent his early childhood in Rize, where his father was a member of the Turkish Coast Guard.[5][5] The family returned to Istanbul when Erdoğan was 13 years old.[5] As a teenager, he sold lemonade and sesame buns on the streets of Istanbul's rougher districts to earn extra money.[5] Brought up in a observant Muslim family, he graduated from a religious high school (İmam Hatip school) and then studied Business Administration at Aksaray School of Economics and Commercial Sciences (now it is known as Marmara University's Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences).[6]

In his youth, Erdoğan played semi-professional football in a local club.[6][7][8] The stadium of the local football club of the district he grew up in, Kasımpaşa S.K., a team which is currently playing in the Turkish Süper Lig, is named after him.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan married Emine Erdoğan (née Gülbaran) (b. 1955 in Siirt), whom he met during a conference, on 4 July 1978.[1] The couple has two sons (Ahmet Burak, Necmeddin Bilâl) and two daughters (Esra, Sümeyye).[1] Erdoğan gave a speech in New York on 19 December 2006 in which he talked mainly about the good relations between citizens of Turkey who come from different backgrounds by giving an example from his own life. Erdoğan said that he doesn't have any problems with his wife, Emine Erdoğan, who is of Arab ancestry and originally from a different Muslim denomination (Shāfi‘ī/Ash'ari)[citation needed].

Early political career

Mayor of Istanbul, 1994-1998

Imprisonment, 1998

Before his conviction, the Welfare Party, of which he was a member at the time, was declared unconstitutional and shut down by the Turkish constitutional court on the grounds of threatening the Kemalist nature of Turkey. Erdogan became a constant speaker at the demonstrations held by his colleagues from the banned Welfare Party.[9]

He was given a prison sentence after he had read poetry regarded as a violation of Kemalism by judges. It included lines translated as "The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers..."[5]

Prime Ministership, 2003-present

In 2001, he established the moderate Justice and Development Party with former Fazilet Partisi and Anavatan Partisi members, and became Prime Minister of Turkey in 2003.[10]

Erdogan addresses the members of parliament during a heated debate at the Turkish Parliament about democracy and the "democratic initiative", a process started by the government with the aim to improve human rights.

Democracy

Erdogan's pro-EU government instituted several democratic reforms such as giving the European Court of Human Rights supremacy over Turkish courts, diminishing the powers of the 1991 Anti-Terror Law which had constrained Turkey’s democratization, and passing a partial amnesty to reduce penalties faced by many members of the Kurdish terrorist organization PKK who had surrendered to the government.

The government planned several times to reform the Turkish Constitution of 1982 in a more democratic "civil constitution", but the main opposition party CHP did not want to participate.

In 2009, the Turkish government under Prime Minister Erdogan announced a plan to help end the quarter-century-long conflict that has cost more than 40,000 lives. The government’s plan, supported by the European Union, allowed the Kurdish language to be used in all broadcast media and political campaigns, and restore Kurdish names to cities and towns that have been given Turkish ones.[11]

Such measures, many of which have been required for entry to the European Union, were inconceivable in the early 1980s, when aggressive state policies prohibited use of the Kurdish language and other cultural and political rights for the Kurds.

“We took a courageous step to resolve chronic issues that constitute an obstacle along Turkey’s development, progression and empowerment.” Erdogan said regarding the issue.[12]

Economy

In 2002, Erdogan inherited a Turkish economy deep in recession due to the financial crisis of Ecevit's coalition government. Erdogan supported Finance Minister Ali Babacan in enforcing macro-economic policies. Erdogan tried to attract more foreign investors to Turkey and lifted most of government regulations, with the average GDP growth rate 7.3% during his premiership.[13] The public debt as percentage of annual gross domestic product declined from 74% in 2002 to 39% in 2009.

The World Bank praised Erdogan for the couragous reforms and economic stability in the country. [14]

Justice

On March 2006, the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) for the first time in Turkey's history held a press conference and publicly protest the obstruction of the appointment of judges to the high courts for over 10 months. It claimed Erdogan wanted to fill the vacant posts with his own appointees which Erdoğan was accused of creating a rift with the Turkey's highest court of appeals (the Yargitay) and high administrative court (the Danıştay). Erdogan claimed that the constitution gave power of assigning members to his elected party.[15]

On May 2007, the head of the top court in Turkey has asked prosecutors to consider whether Erdogan should be charged over critical comments regarding the election of Abdullah Gul as president.[15] Erdoğan said the ruling was "a disgrace to the justice system", and criticized the Constitutional Court which had invalidated a presidential vote because a boycott of other parties meant there was no quorum. Prosecutors have already investigated his earlier comments, including saying it had fired a "bullet at democracy". Tülay Tuğcu, head of the Constitutional Court, condemned Erdoğan for "threats, insults and hostility" towards the justice system.[15]

The Turkish parliament agreed to reduce the age of candidacy to the parliament from 30 to 25 and abolished the death penalty in all instances, including war time.

Health

On April 2006, Erdoğan unveiled a social security reform package demanded by the International Monetary Fund under a loan deal. Erdoğan claimed that the move, which was passed with fierce opposition, was the one of the most radical reforms. Turkey’s three social security bodies were united under one roof, bringing equal health services and retirement benefits for members of all three bodies. Under the second bill, everyone below the age of 18 will be entitled to free health services, irrespective of whether they pay premiums to any social security organization or not. The bill also envisages a gradual increase in the retirement age. Starting from 2036, the retirement age will eventually increase to 65 as of 2048 for both men and women.[16]

On January 2008, the Turkish Parliament adopted a law on a complete prohibition of smoking in the most of the public places.

Foreign policy

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Barack Obama in Istanbul, Turkey, Apr. 07, 2009.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Dmitry Medvedev at the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh, Sep. 26, 2009.

United States

When Barack Obama became President of United States, he made his first overseas trip to Turkey.

At a joint news conference in Turkey, Obama said: "I'm trying to make a statement about the importance of Turkey, not just to the United States but to the world. I think that where there's the most promise of building stronger U.S.-Turkish relations is in the recognition that Turkey and the United States can build a model partnership in which a predominantly Christian nation, a predominantly Muslim nation -- a Western nation and a nation that straddles two continents," he continued, "that we can create a modern international community that is respectful, that is secure, that is prosperous, that there are not tensions -- inevitable tensions between cultures -- which I think is extraordinarily important."[17]

European Union

Erdoğan was named by the European Voice Organization "The European Of The Year 2004" for the reforms in his country. Erdogan said in a comment that "Turkey's accession shows that Europe is a continent where civilisations reconcile and not clash." [18]

On 3 October 2005, the negotiations for Turkey's accession to the EU formally started during Erdoğan's tenure as Prime Minister.[19]

Greece and Cyprus

During Erdoğan's Prime Ministership, relations with Greece have been normalized. The political and economic relations are strongly improved. In 2007, Prime Minister Erdoğan and Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis met on the bridge over the Evros River at the border between Greece and Turkey, for the inauguration of the Greek-Turkish natural gas pipeline, linking the longtime Aegean rivals through a project that will give Caspian gas its first direct Western outlet and help ease Russia’s energy dominance.

Turkey and Greece signed agreement to create a Combined Joint Operational Unit within the framework of NATO to participate in Peace Support Operations.[20]

Erdogan and his party strongly supported the EU backed referendum of Cyprus, 2004 to reunify the island.[21]

Reconciliation with Armenia

In 2005, international airspace between Armenia and Turkey has been reopened. Between May 2005 and October 2006, the Turkish Ministry of Culture financed the restoration of an old Armenian church. The restoration had a stated budget of 2 million New Turkish Lira (approximately 1.4 million USD)

During Erdoğan's Prime Ministership, Abdullah Gül became the first Turkish head of state to visit Armenia, when he made the trip to Yerevan to watch a FIFA World Cup qualifying match between the countries.[22] Erdoğan also met numerous times with the President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, the latest such meeting taking place during the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2009.[23]

On August 31, 2009, Turkey and Armenia signed protocols in Zurich to improve relations between the two countries.[24]

Iraq

On March 23, 2009, Abdullah Gul became the first Turkish head of state to visit Iraq in 33 years. Under Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Prime Ministry, Iraq and Turkey signed 48 trade agreements by the Iraqi-Turkish Strategic Council in Baghdad. Agreements signed included sectors of security, energy, oil, electricity, water, health, trade, environment, transport, housing, construction, agriculture, education, higher education, and defense.

Turkish government also warmed up relations with Iraqi Kurdistan by opening a Turkish university in Arbil, and a Turkish consulate in Mosul.[25]

Syria

During Erdoğan's term of office, the diplomatic relations between Turkey and Syria have significantly improved. In 2004, President Bashar al-Assad arrived in Turkey for the first official visit by a Syrian President in 57 years. In late 2004, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan signed a free trade agreement with Syria. The visa restrictions between the two countries have been lifted in 2009, which caused an economic boom in the regions near the Syrian border.[26]

Erdoğan walks out of the session at the World Economic Forum in 2009, vows never to return.[27]

Davos Affair

On 29 January 2009, Erdoğan attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, the debate became heated in relation to the Gaza conflict. The Israeli President Shimon Peres was heavily criticized by Erdogan (sitting beside him) over the handling of the conflict as response to Peres' strong language. Erdoğan accused the moderator that Peres had even longer time than all the other panelists combined.[28][29] The moderator, David Ignatius told Erdoğan that there was not enough time to "start the debate again" when he requested extra time of "one minute" beyond that which he had previously been allotted. Erdogan responded by walking out of the panel and vowing never to attend another Davos forum again.

Elections

Presidential elections 2007

On April 14, 2007, an estimated 300,000 people marched in Ankara to protest the possible candidacy of Erdoğan in the 2007 presidential election, afraid that if elected as President, he would alter the secular nature of the Turkish state.[30] Erdoğan announced on April 24, 2007 that the party had decided to nominate Abdullah Gül as the AKP candidate in the presidential election.[31][32] The protests continued over the next several weeks, with over one million reported at an April 29 rally in Istanbul,[33][34] tens of thousands reported at separate protests on May 4 in Manisa and Çanakkale,[35] and anywhere from one to two million in İzmir on May 13.[36] Early parliamentary elections were called after the failure of the parties in parliament to agree on the next Turkish president. The opposition parties boycotted the parliamentary vote and deadlocked the election process. At the same time, Erdoğan claimed the failure to elect a president was a failure of the Turkish political system and proposed to modify the constitution.

Abdullah Gül was later elected President after the general elections on 22 July 2007 that saw AKP and Erdoğan brought back to power with 46.7 percent of the vote. Later in 2007, Turkish constitutional referendum approved with the support of 69% of the voters to modify the constitution to allow the people to elect the President.

General elections 2007

The stage of the elections was set for a fight for legitimacy in the eyes of voters between his government and the country’s kemalist opposition. Erdoğan used the events at that took place during the ill-fated Presidential elections a few months earlier as a part of the general election campaign of his party. In the night of 22 July 2007, it became obvious that AKP had won an important victory over the opposition, garnering 46.7 percent of the popular vote. July 22 elections were only the second time in the Turkish Republic's history whereby an incumbent governing party won an election by increasing its share of popular support.

On 14 March 2008, Turkey's Chief Prosecutor asked the country's Constitutional Court to ban Erdogan's governing party.[37] The party later escaped a ban on 30 July 2008, a year after winning 46.7 percent of the vote in national elections, only receiving a removal of 50% share of their public granted funds.[38].

Local Elections 2009

Turkey held local elections on 29 March 2009. The overall winner was Erdogan's ruling center-right AK Party, with 39% of eligible votes.

Honors and accolades

Awards

  • On January 29, 2004, Erdogan received the Profiles of Courage Award from the AJC, for promoting peace between cultures.[39]
  • On December 1, 2004, Erdogan was named European of the Year by the weekly European Voice, for having put Turkey on the path to reform.[40]
  • On September 2, 2005, Erdogan received the Mediterranean Award for Institutions (Italian: Premio Mediterraneo Istituzioni). This was awarded by the Fondazione Mediterraneo.[41]
  • On August 8, 2006, Erdogan received the Caspian Energy Integration Award from the Caspian Integration Business Club.[42]
  • On January 15, 2008, Erdogan received together with the Spanish prime minister Zapatero the Building Bridges Award from the AMSS(UK), for their efforts to unify communities separated by race, culture and religion, for promoting a climate of respect, and peaceful co-existence through launching the Alliance of Civilizations project.[43]
  • On June 9, 2009, Erdogan was the honor guest of 20th Crans Montana Forum in Brussels and received the Prix de la Fondation, for democracy and freedom.[44]
  • On October 26, 2009, the Government of Pakistan awarded Erdogan the Nishan-e-Pakistan, the highest civilian award in Pakistan.[45]
  • On December 29, 2009, Erdogan received the Award for Contribution to World Peace from the Turgut Özal Thought and Move Association.[46]
  • On January 12, 2010, Erdogan won the King Faisal International Prize for "service to Islam" from the King Faisal Foundation.[47]
  • On February 23, 2010, Erdogan received the Nodo Culture Award from the mayor of Seville for his efforts to launch the Alliance of Civilizations initiative.[48]
  • On March 1, 2010, Erdogan won the UNHABITAT award in memorial of Rafik Hariri. A seven member international jury unanimously found Mr Erdogan deserving of the award because of his “excellent achievement and commendable conduct in the area of leadership, statesmanship and good governance. Erdogan also initiated the first roundtable of mayors during the Istanbul conference, which led to a global, organized movement of mayors.” [49]

Honorary doctorates

Honorary citizenship

  • Erdoğan received honorary citizenship of Seoul on February 2004.[58]
  • Erdoğan received honorary citizenship of Tehran on February 2009.[59]

See also

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Preceded by
Nurettin Sözen
Mayor of Istanbul
1994 – 1998
Succeeded by
Ali Müfit Gürtuna
Preceded by
Abdullah Gul
Prime Minister of Turkey
2003–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Newly Founded
Leader of the Justice and Development Party
2003–present
Incumbent

Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (born 1954-02-26) is the prime minister of the Republic of Turkey.

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  • "Mr. Peres, you are older than me. And your voice is very loud. I know that it is because you feel guilty. You better know that I will not sound that loud. And when killing is the case, you know how to kill very well. I know how you killed the children on the beaches, I know how you shot them. Two ex-prime ministers of your country once told me important things. You have had such prime ministers who said, "When I enter Palestine on a tank, I feel [in a different way] happy." You have had PMs who said to me "I feel happy when I am on a tank while entering Palestine." And you give me those numbers. I would release their names, in case some of you might be curious of. I also condemn those who acclaim this cruelty, because I think it is a crime against humanity as well. [...]"
    • At 2009 World Economic Forum at Davos.
  • One minute,one minute,no way,one minute.
    • At 2009 World Economic Forum at Davos.
  • In the land where riffraff (hinting the workers who want to celebrate May Day at Taksim Square) rule the heads, there will be Doomsday.
    • (2008), quoted in a "Speech on Justice and Development Party members at Grand National Assembly of Turkey", 2008-04-22.
  • The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers...
  • Democracy is like a streetcar. When you come to your stop, you get off.
  • How reputable is a doctor who flees from his hospital? An MP who runs from parliament is as reputable.
  • There are people who say that "Gül can't be my president". These people don't have good manners and they should renounce their Turkish citizenships.
  • We are all human beings. (original: Hepimiz insanız)
    • (February, 2008) during his speech commemorating turkish arson victims in Germany

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