Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a Turkish politician serving as the current President of Turkey, holding the position since 2014. He previously served as Prime Minister from 2003 to 2014 and as Mayor of Istanbul from 1994 to 1998. He founded the Justice and Development Party in 2001, leading it to general election victories in 2002, 2007 and 2011 before standing down upon his election as President in 2014. Coming from an Islamist political background and as a self-described conservative democrat, his administration has overseen social conservative and liberal economic policies, Erdoğan played football for Kasımpaşa before being elected as the Mayor of Istanbul from the Islamist Welfare Party in 1994. He was stripped of his position, banned from political office, and imprisoned for four months, for reciting a poem during a speech in 1998, after which he abandoned openly Islamist politics and established the moderate conservative AKP in 2001.
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Feb 26, 1954, Kasımpaşa, Istanbul, Turkey
National Salvation Party, Welfare Party, Virtue Party, Justice and Development Party