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Ahmed Davutoglu nominated as Turkey's new prime minister

Ahmed Davutoglu nominated as Turkey's new prime minister

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 22 (UPI) --On Thursday, Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) nominated Ahmed Davutoglu to be the new prime minister.
JC Finley
Erdogan wins Turkish presidential election

Erdogan wins Turkish presidential election

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 11 (UPI) --Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a landslide victory in the country's presidential elections Sunday, extending his 12 years in power.
Aileen Graef
Turkish court orders release of 230 military officers accused in 2003 coup attempt

Turkish court orders release of 230 military officers accused in 2003 coup attempt

ANKARA, Turkey, June 19 (UPI) --A Turkish court has order 230 military officers accused of a 2003 coup attempt be released from prison.
JC Finley
Iranian president makes historic visit to Turkey

Iranian president makes historic visit to Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey, June 10 (UPI) --Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made an historic visit to Turkey on Monday, marking the first visit by an Iranian head of state to Turkey in 18 years.
JC Finley
Turkey's PM threatens Kurdish protester will 'pay the price' for removing Turkish flag

Turkey's PM threatens Kurdish protester will 'pay the price' for removing Turkish flag

ISTANBUL, Turkey, June 10 (UPI) --Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened that a Kurdish protester who removed a Turkish flag from a military base will "pay the price."
JC Finley
Turkish Prime Minister assails international reporters as 'agents'

Turkish Prime Minister assails international reporters as 'agents'

ANKARA, Turkey, June 3 (UPI) --Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was critical of foreign reporters covering an Istanbul protest after a CNN International reporter was roughed up.
Ed Adamczyk
Turkish police use water cannons and tear gas on protesters

Turkish police use water cannons and tear gas on protesters

ISTANBUL, Turkey, June 2 (UPI) --Turkish police used tear gas and water cannons on protesters who gathered in Taksim Square to mark the one year anniversary of violent anti-government protests.
Aileen Graef
Turkish court reverses YouTube ban

Turkish court reverses YouTube ban

ANKARA , Turkey, June 2 (UPI) --Turkey's highest court ruled a government blockage of the internet website YouTube is a violation of users' rights and freedom of speech.
Ed Adamczyk
25 people detained after Turkish mine collapse

25 people detained after Turkish mine collapse

SOMA, Turkey, May 19 (UPI) --Turkish police have arrested 25 people as part of the investigation into the mine explosion and collapse that killed hundreds.
Aileen Graef
Protests, strikes break out in Turkey after mine disaster

Protests, strikes break out in Turkey after mine disaster

ANKARA, Turkey, May 15 (UPI) --Clashes broke out during demonstrations in Turkey, and trade unions organized a one-day strike in protest of the mine disaster that killed at least 282 miners.
Ed Adamczyk
Tear gas, arrests at Istanbul May Day demonstration

Tear gas, arrests at Istanbul May Day demonstration

ISTANBUL , Turkey, May 1 (UPI) -- May Day protests in Taksim Square Istanbul, Turkey, resulted in 50 injuries and the detention of 138 demonstrators.
Ed Adamczyk
Turkish journalist jailed 10 months for Twitter typo

Turkish journalist jailed 10 months for Twitter typo

ANKARA, Turkey, April 29 (UPI) -- A Turkish journalist from an opposition newspaper was jailed for a tweet in 2012 that was considered to be insulting to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Aileen Graef
Turkey offers condolences for 1915 Armenian massacre

Turkey offers condolences for 1915 Armenian massacre

ANKARA, Turkey, April 23 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan offered condolences for his country's involvement in the 1915 mass killing of Armenians.
Ed Adamczyk
Turkish parliament passes controversial law to further empower spy agency

Turkish parliament passes controversial law to further empower spy agency

ANKARA, Turkey, April 17 (UPI) -- Turkey's parliament voted Thursday to increase the powers of the National Intelligence Agency.
JC Finley
Turkish court rules YouTube ban unconsitutional

Turkish court rules YouTube ban unconsitutional

ANKARA, Turkey, April 4 (UPI) -- A Turkish court ruled that the ban on YouTube was a violation of human rights after the government shut off access to both YouTube and Twitter.
Aileen Graef
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks on as he listens to Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki (not shown) after arriving at Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran on Decemeber 2, 2006. (UPI Photo/Mohammad Kheirkhah)
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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (IPA: ; born 26 February 1954) is a Turkish politician who has been the Prime Minister of Turkey since 2003. He is also the chairman of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), which holds a majority of the seats in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. Erdoğan previously 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 text (""The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers....") from 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, but the lines recited do not appear in the original poem. After six months in prison, Erdoğan established the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) on August 14, 2001. From its first year, the AK Party became the largest publicly-supported political movement in Turkey. In the general election of 2002 the AK Party won nearly two-thirds of the seats in parliament, forming the first single-party government for 19 years.

As prime minister, Erdoğan implemented numerous reforms. 45 years after Turkey signed an Association Agreement with the EU, the negotiations for Turkey's accession to the EU started during Erdoğan's tenure. Parallel to this, inflation, which had for decades adversely affected the country's economy, was brought under control and the Turkish Lira regained its former prestige through the elimination of six zeros.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Recep Tayyip Erdogan."
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