Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a Turkish politician serving as the 12th and current president of Turkey since 2014.
On February 26, 1954, Recep Tayyip Erdoan was born into a low-income, traditional Muslim family. M. Hakan Yavuz, a historian, claims that Erdoan was born in Güneysu, Rize, and later relocated with his family to Kasmpaşa, a working-class area of Istanbul.
The Adjara region of Georgia is the ancestral home of Erdoan’s family. Although Erdoan reportedly claimed to be of Georgian descent and that Batumi was where he was born in 2003, he later refuted this. Ahmet Erdoan (1905-1988) and Tenzile Erdoan were his parents.
The early years of Erdoan’s life were spent in Rize, where his father served as a captain in the Turkish Coast Guard. The majority of his summer vacations were spent in Güneysu, Rize, the hometown of his family.
He frequently visited this place of worship throughout his life, and in 2015 he erected a sizable mosque on a mountaintop close to this settlement. By the time Erdoan was 13 years old, the family had moved back to Istanbul.
When Erdoan was a teenager, his father gave him a weekly allowance of 2.5 Turkish lira, or less than $1. Erdoan used it to purchase postcards and resell them on the street.
He offered water bottles for sale to traffic-snarled motorists. The simit (sesame bread rings) were sold by Erdoan from a red three-wheel cart with the rolls stacked behind glass while he was dressed in a white gown.
Erdoan was a semi-pro football player for the neighborhood team Camialtispor FC when he was younger. His father stood in the way of Fenerbahçe’s transfer request. He is honored by having his hometown football team’s stadium, Kasmpaşa S.K., named after him.
In order to get involved in politics, Erdoan joined the National Turkish Student Union in 1976, which was an anti-communist organization. He was elevated to chair of the party’s Istanbul youth chapter after taking the helm of the Beyolu branch of the Islamist National Salvation Party (MSP) that same year.
He held this position until 1980, and in the years that followed the military takeover in 1980, when political parties were banned, he worked as a top executive and consultant in the private sector.
On August 28, 2014, Erdoan took the oath of office to become Turkey’s 12th president.On August 29, he gave the oath of office to new Prime Minister Ahmet Davutolu.When Erdoan took office, he faced criticism for declaring out loud that he would not uphold the custom of presidential impartiality.
Erdoan has also declared his desire to play a more active role as president, including by using the president’s little utilized ability to summon a cabinet meeting.
The political opposition claims that while Ahmet Davutolu, Erdoan’s new prime minister, would be passive and submissive, Erdoan would continue to pursue his own political agenda and maintain control of the government.
Furthermore, the dominance of staunch Erdoan loyalists in Davutolu’s cabinet fueled rumors that Erdoan wanted to have a strong hand in politics.
Who are Recep Tayyip Erdoğan children?
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has four children with his wife Emine Erdoğan who he married on 4 July 1978. They have two sons, Ahmet Burak born in 1979 and Necmettin Bilal born in 1981, and two daughters, Esra born in 1983 and Sümeyye bornin 1985.
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