Abdullah Gul Biography

Abdullah Gul Biography

10/29/1950 - (Present) | 10 Quotes
Also Knows As:  Abdullah Gul
Professions:  Politician Organization founder Chivalric Order Member
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Abdullah Gul is the 11th and current President of Turkey, serving in that office since 28 August 2007. He previously served for four months as Prime Minister from 2002 to 2003, and as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2003 to 2007. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's nomination of Gul as a presidential candidate drew strong and highly vocal opposition from ardent supporters of secularism in Turkey. In May 2007, Gul's first bid for presidency was blocked by the Constitutional Court, due to concern over views Gul expressed during his Welfare Party years, and the fact that his wife, Hayrünnisa Özyurt, wears a headscarf. However, following the parliamentary elections in July of the same year, which were won by the Justice and Development Party with 46.6% of the popular vote, he was eventually elected President on 28 August 2007 and was sworn in the same day, becoming the first openly devout Muslim President in the modern history of Turkey.

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