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President of Turkey


Abdullah GulAbdullah Gul

Date of Birth: 29 October 1950
Birth Place: Kayseri, Turkey
Political Party: Justice and Development Party
Arrival in Power: 28 August 2007
Religion: Sunni Islam
Profession: NA

Biography:


Abdullah Gul was born in Kayseri, Turkey, in 1950. He is the current President of Turkey. He studied at the University of Istanbul and the University of Exeter. He had a controversial career as an MP when he was first elected in 1991 because of his political views and religious convictions. He became Prime Minister in 2002 and served for a few months, afterwards he was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. He ran in the 2007 presidential elections and was successful, despite some opposition to his candidacy as president.



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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdullah_G%C3%BCl

Updated on: January 1, 2012

 

 

Prime Minister of Turkey


Recep Tayyip ErdoganRecep Tayyip Erdogan

Date of Birth: 26 February 1954
Birth Place: Istanbul, Turkey
Political Party: Justice and Development Party
Arrival in Power: 14 March 2003
Religion: Sunni Islam
Profession: NA

Biography:


Recep Tayyip Erdogan was born in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1954. He is the current Prime Minister of Turkey. He studied at Marmara University. He was mayor of Istanbul from 1994 to 1998. Like Abdullah Gul he had a rocky career in politics because of his party's controversial views, he was even arrested for his involvement with these parties. He then created the Justice and Development Party, a more moderate version of his previous parties. His party won the 2002 general elections, he was not allowed to become prime minister though, because of his imprisonment. A new election was held in 2003 in his constituency and he was able to run this time and he became Prime Minister following this victory.



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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recep_Tayyip_Erdo%C4%9Fan

Updated on: January 1, 2012