Early life and career of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

'People shouldn't ask AKP where you found that thief'

"When the new lists are going to be announced," Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan told local executives of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) on Aug. 7 in the Black sea province of Trabzon. "No one should tell us 'Where did you find this thief?' about them. We must be very careful about this issue," he said. 

Brussels 15 years ago and 15 years later

It was the beginning of 2003; Abdullah Gül was Turkey's Prime Minister. Fadıl Akgündüz, also known as Jet Fadıl, was an independent deputy from the southeastern province of Siirt. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was not yet elected as a deputy because of previous political bans. But as the leader of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) he went on a tour around EU countries.

Those were the hopeful days with the EU

What a beautiful night it was… What a nice dream… What wonderful hopes they were… The whole country was waiting for the decision from Brussels…

That night on Oct. 5, 2005, then Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan, insisting on pursuing Turkey's membership of the European Union, was enshrined in all of our hearts. Then Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül was respected by everyone. 

Erdogan to reinstate death penalty

At an inauguration ceremony for a new center today, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that he is amenable to reinstituting the death penalty.
“If the people of Turkey want and the country’s parliament decides to reinstate the death penalty, I am ready to approve this decision,” he said.

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