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Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Istanbul 1954- )

Recep Tayyip ErdoganHe was born in 26th of February 1954 in Istanbul. Completed his education in Istanbul as well graduating from 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.

His success as a party chairman in Istanbul made him elected as Mayor of the city in 1994. While he was the city chairman of former Welfare Party in Istanbul, he had developed a new form of organization and had carried it out to the municipal management.

His projects for the development and his determination to follow the tasks to be done, made him successful in municipal management. By that, he brought new concepts and methods to the political structural system. He tried to solve many complex infrastructure problems in the municipality between 1994-1998.

In 1998 he was banned by Turkish Superior Election Board from holding any public office on account of his prior conviction for "inciting religious hatred" among the masses, and served four months in prison. After his political ban ended, in 2003 he became the Prime Minister of Turkey as the leader of Justice and Development Party (AK Party).

On June 12th, 2011, Erdogan and his AK party won the parliamentary elections again for the third time and he formed the Government of Turkey.

He is married and has two sons and two daughters.

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