Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (IPA: [ɾe̞ˈd͡ʒe̞p t̪äjˈjip ˈæɾd̪oän]; born 26 February 1954) has been Prime Minister of Turkey since 2003 and is chairman of the ... More »Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (IPA: [ɾe̞ˈd͡ʒe̞p t̪äjˈjip ˈæɾd̪oän]; born 26 February 1954) has been Prime Minister of Turkey since 2003 and is chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), which holds a majority of the seats in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. Erdoğan served as Mayor of Istanbul from 1994 to 1998. He graduated in 1981 from Marmara University's Faculty of Economics and Commercial Sciences. Erdoğan was also a semi-professional footballer from 1969 to 1982. Erdoğan was elected Mayor of Istanbul in the local elections of 27 March 1994. He was banned from office and sentenced to a prison term for reciting a poem during a public address in the province of Siirt on 12 December 1997. The poem was allegedly quoted from a book published by a state enterprise and one that had been recommended to teachers by the Ministry of Education. After six months in prison, Erdoğan established the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) on August 14, 2001. From its first... [ Wikipedia ]

Turkey's leader issues 'final warning' to Gezi Park protesters

Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan delivered a stark "final warning" on Thursday to thousands of defiant protesters still camped out in Istanbul's Gezi Park demanding that they end their occupation. Describing the protesters as troublemakers, Erdoğan said the country's ...

Turkey will push ahead with judicial reforms, says Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Turkey will push ahead with judicial reforms, says Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Turkish prime minister denies that the reforms, which prompted a fist-fight in parliament, trample on the country's constitution Scuffles broke out in the Turkish parliament on Saturday as the body's judicial ...

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Erdoğan offers to suspend Gezi Park redevelopment pending court case

Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, appears to be backing away from a threatened "final" confrontation to clear thousands of protesters occupying an Istanbul park, after a series of late night meetings with representatives of those involved ...

Turkey: Erdoğan threatens to 'clean' Gezi Park of 'terrorists' – live coverage

• Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, warned the demonstrators – who have occupied areas of central Istanbul for two weeks – that their protests would be over in 24 hours. Erdoğan’s ultimatum ratcheted up tensions after a relatively calm day yesterday following Tuesday night’s ...

Turkey: Erdoğan clears Taksim Square – live reaction

• Taksim Square was largely deserted this morning after Turkish riot police using tear gas and water cannon battled protesters for control of the square in Istanbul overnight, hours after the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, had demanded an immediate end to 10 days of ...

Erdoğan accuses EU members of hypocrisy over Turkey protests

Photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has accused European Union member states of hypocrisy and double standards, and rejected criticism by Brussels of his crackdown on anti-government protesters whom he branded "vandals". Erdoğan ...

The Far Post: Soccer and the street in Istanbul

After all, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had an 11-year career in the mid-league himself. It is not just that soccer players become politicians or that politicians have been known to seek a toehold in the lucrative upper echelons of the Turkish leagues, but that soccer's popularity ...


“Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: “There is a curse called Twitter. Social media, in my opinion, is the biggest trouble for all societies.” Five days ago a group of people who did not belong to any specific organization, ideology or political party got together in Istanbul’s Gezi Park to ...

Turkey's economic success threatened by political instability

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan renewed his vow to bring the country into the top 10 world economies by 2023 in a new year speech. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Turkey's strong economic growth over the past decade, bringing relative prosperity to previously neglected parts of the country...

Tough-love for Turkey's Prime Minister Erdoğan

Istanbul - Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan weathered international criticism for last summer's violent crackdown against peaceful protesters, while keeping his domestic base of support largely intact. However, recent revelations of corruption by senior members of his Justice ...

Turkey's military distances itself from political corruption investigation

Supporters of Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, rally in Istanbul in support of the ruling party. Photograph: Tolga Bozoglu/EPA Turkey's military has released a statement saying it will not be dragged into politics amid a deepening corruption scandal that engulfs the prime ...

Turkey corruption investigators charge 16 with links to Erdoğan

Photograph: Osman Orsal/Reuters Sixteen people, including the sons of two ministers, have been charged in connection with a sweeping corruption investigation targeting allies of the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Suleyman Aslan, the general manager of state-owned Halkbank, was ...

Five Troubling Statements By Erdogan, Turkish Officials That Call Into Question Turkey's Status As A...

" -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, August 20, 2013. Erdoğan's comments came shortly after violent protests swept across his country. It appeared to many observers that Erdoğan was cynically using the Jewish state as a distraction from the social upheaval he faces back ...

BBC journalist received 'threatening' tweets from Turkish mayor

The BBC says the campaign was prompted by coverage of the uprising against Turkish leader, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images The BBC has expressed concern after one of its journalists was targeted in a "threatening" Twitter campaign by a senior Turkish ...


In a new development following an address by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, police have removed the barricades closing off Taksim's Gezi Park and is now allowing protesters to enter the region. Police were also seen withdrawing from Taksim Square as demonstrators flocked to fill ...

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Yes to Headscarf and No to Headscarf!

Many secularists doubt the sincerity of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's claim that the removal of the ban was a democratic move, and they see it as the government's attempt to push an Islamic agenda. Mr. Erdoğan has to reassure everyone that lifting the headscarf ban will ...

Turkey: The Real Deal

But some people doesn't like this, The Ak Parti and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan got %52 percetange vote in last big election in Turkey (Near 35Million people) Because people loved his revolutionary governance. At this point, hopeless Opposition, Media Barons and Easy Money lover ...

It's Still the Same Old Same Old in Turkey

In a televised end of the year address, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said, "I invite every one of our 76 million people to stand up for themselves, to defend democracy and to be [united] as one against these ugly attacks on our country," blaming "dark forces" and foreign countries ...

Is Turkish Democracy at a Dead End?

Just last week, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's Justice and Development Party (AK Party) hundreds of police officers, including more than a dozen high-ranking officials, prompting accusations of interference in the judicial process, In the past three weeks, the AK Party has ...

Arzu Kaya Uranli: Turkey Is on Its Way to a Mature Democracy

Yet nowadays, the picture tells us that somehow Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and many others cannot read the results of the AK Party's own policies: Turkey is not the same as it was 10 years ago. It has changed. It's time to change our mindsets in order to see the picture clearly. ...

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