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Rajab Tayyip Erdogan
(1954-    )
Rajab Tayyip Erdogan - The Prime Minister of Turkey since March 14, 2003. He is the chief of the Justice and Development Party.
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Rajab Tayyip Erdogan ( Recep Tayyip Erdoğan)

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (February 26, 1954 in Rize, Turkey) has served as the Prime Minister of Turkey since March 14, 2003. He is the chief of the Justice and Development Party (Turkish: Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, or AKP) and he became the fourth democratically elected Turkish leader in history, when the party he established won the general elections held in 2002.

Who is Rajab Tayyip Erdogan?

He was born in İstanbul in 1954. Completed his education in İstanbul too. He is a graduate of Marmara University College of Business. Starting from teenage years he was interested in politics and business. He was also a professional soccer player. He was 15, when attended his political party's youth branch.

He found the spirit of entrepreneurship in business and the spirit of team in soccer. He always believed in meddling people from all sorts of walks of life in politics. Having them melted in one pot was his dream.

His success as a party chairman in İstanbul made him elected as mayor in 1994. While he was the city chairman of former Welfare Party in İstanbul, he had developed a new form of organization and had carried it out to the municipal management. He had set an example for all political parties in the country.

His openness to the development, his inquisitive personality and his determination to follow the tasks to be done, made him a role model in municipal management. By that, he brought new concepts and methods to the political structural system. During his term as a mayor, people used to call him; " the sound of the silent masses and the helper of the needy". He always worked for the poor.

People liked him a lot, and he was the most successful political figure in Turkey in many years. He was a good manager both in money and public administration, he had solved many complex infrastructure problems in the municipality, as a result he became a role model in the eyes of the public.

Now, Mr. Erdoğan as the leader of Justice and Development Party (AK Party) wants to canalize his big success in municipal administration to solve chronic problems of Turkey. He is the founder and the chairman of a new movement called " democratization and action".

Rajab Tayyip Erdogan is Married and Has Four Children

He married Emine Erdoğan (b. 1955 in Siirt) on 4 July 1978 and they have two sons (Ahmet Burak, Necmeddin Bilâl) and two daughters (Esra, Sümeyye). His background and commitment to Islamic values appeals to most of the devout Muslim Turks.

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