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H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the most successful Prime Minister of Turkey’s multiparty era. His party, the AKP (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, ‘the Justice and Development Party’), won its third consecutive election in June 2011, securing approximately 50% of the vote. During his term, Turkey has seen unprecedented economic growth, constitutional reform, and a re-emergence as a major global power. This success in addition to his personal charisma and work as PM have made Turkey a model to emulate for many Muslim countries.


A Popular Reformist:

In September 2010, over 58% of voters supported Erdogan’s constitutional referendum which made changes to the constitution in order to bring it into compliance with European Union Standards hence facilitating Turkey’s EU membership process. Erdogan is also leading groundbreaking initiatives by introducing a number of democratic measures in regards to the country’s judicial system, the Kurdish issue, non-Muslim minorities, Alawites, freedom of the press, free political association, zero tolerance for torture, and the fight against coup attempts.  

A Mediator:

Erdogan insists on a role for Turkey as a mediator and bridge between cultures and civilisations. The Alliance of Civilizations initiative of the United Nations—that Erdogan established with the Spanish president, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero—has become a key forum for international, intercultural, and interreligious dialogue and cooperation. It has continued to develop deeper relations with key players in the Arab world, the Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Arab World:

Turkey’s position during the various uprisings of the Arab Spring has always been to side with the people. Erdogan and other high-level officials have visited Tunisia, Egypt and Libya post-revolution to show their continuing support for the transition to democracy. In Syria, this has led to border clashes with Syrian government forces, allowing Turkey the opportunity to deploy NATO Patriot missiles on its border with Syria. Erdogan is hailed for his strong opposition toward the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip, and his criticism of Israel’s May 31, 2010 raid on a humanitarian flotilla to Gaza, which killed nine Turkish nationals, and which led to a freeze in all military and political cooperation. An apology from the Israeli Prime Minister has begun the process of healing relations.

Global Relations:

Under Erdogan, Turkish foreign relations have taken on a global perspective. Starting with the adoption of a ‘good neighbour policy’— in August 2009—Turkey has focused on building stronger relations with all of its seven land-contiguous neighbours (especially Greece) and also all of those countries bordering the Black Sea (an important trading hub and a geopolitically significant area). In Africa, it has opened up over twenty new embassies and consulates and when Somalia suffered from a crippling famine and drought in 2011, Erdogan not only gave aid, but also became the first leader from outside Africa to visit Somalia in nearly two decades. While Turkey has about 45% of its foreign trade with European countries, it is developing strong trade relations with other regions and attracting investment from all over the world.

 Signs of Decline:

His popularity has suffered recently with the heavy-handed response of the government to the Taksim Square protests. Also, he has lost credibility for his personal harsh criticism of the Sheikh Al-Azhar for backing the overthrow of President Morsi. Both responses have led to a fall in popularity within the Muslim world.  

40,000 Amount of lives lost in Turkish- Kurdish conflicts in the 25 years prior to Erdogan’s presidency
5.7 %Turkey’s inflation rates – the lowest in 39 years. Erdogan inherited an economy with a 34.9% inflation rate when he first came into office
450 %The growth in the budget for the Ministry of Education during his leadership, now the country’s largest ministry. The military formerly had that distinction.
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What should be targeted is a concept of organic, and not just mechanic, democracy that preserves the rule of law, separation of powers, and that is participatory and pluralistic

Birth: 26 February 1954 (Age: 60)

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Influence: Leads government of 75.7 million Turkish citizens

School of Thought:

What should be targeted is a concept of organic, and not just mechanic, democracy that preserves the rule of law, separation of powers, and that is participatory and pluralistic
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40,000 Amount of lives lost in Turkish- Kurdish conflicts in the 25 years prior to Erdogan’s presidency
5.7 %Turkey’s inflation rates – the lowest in 39 years. Erdogan inherited an economy with a 34.9% inflation rate when he first came into office
450 %The growth in the budget for the Ministry of Education during his leadership, now the country’s largest ministry. The military formerly had that distinction.
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