Recep Tayyip Erdogan

(Recep Tayyip Erdoğan)

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
  • Born: February 26, 1954
  • Nationality: Turkish
  • Profession: Politician & Presidnet









Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a Turkish politician serving as the 12th and current President of Turkey 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 (AKP) 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, he has promoted socially conservative and liberal economic policies in his administration. Under his administration, Turkey has experienced democratic backsliding.

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A headscarf cannot be a political symbol…. If all political parties allowed women to wear a headscarf if they wanted, there would be no political symbol …. A woman who covers her head does so because of her beliefs not because of politics. Religion & God
A political party cannot have a religion. Only individuals can. Political Parties & Machines
Claim the State. Claim the nation. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Democracy is like a street car. You get off when you reach your destination. Democracies & Republics ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Democracy is not my main aim. It is just a tool. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Everyone should unconditionally accept that Israel is an indispensable element of the Middle Eastern mosaic. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I do not believe in a clash of civilizations in this world. As Turkey we are in an ideal position to be a bridge….We have been able to show that a Moslem country can have a strong democracy…. We have to have a common platform to fight against terrorism. All terrorists are bad no matter what religion the come from. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
If this is about holding meetings, if this is a social movement, where they gather 20, I will get up and gather 200,000 people. Where they gather 100,000, I will bring together 1 million from my party. Riots ;Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
Minarets are our bayonets, domes our helmets and mosques our barracks. Religion & God
Now we have a menace that is called Twitter. The best examples of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Prison matures you. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Salute even the customers in places where alcohol is served. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The debate is ended. Fifty percent plus one vote is all we need to govern this country. Democracies & Republics ;Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
The more bans you have in a society, the more you will have radical elements. Freedom & Liberty
There exists an unmistakable demand in the Middle East and in the wider Muslim world for democratization. Democracies & Republics
Turkey is a country where Islam and secularism coexist. Religion & God
Turks living in Europe should have five children in order to affect Europe’s demography. Families, Children & Parenting ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We are not entitled to forgive the killing of our martyrs. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
We are not just faced with a simple network, but one which is a pawn of evil forces at home and abroad. Miscellaneous
We consider anti-Semitism as a crime against humanity. At the same time we must consider Islamaphobia as a crime against humanity. Freedom & Liberty
When it comes to killing, you know well how to kill! Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Without justice, development is not possible. Development & Growth
You may not like the expression of an opinion, but you can't stop it. Freedom & Liberty
Young girls have been infected by television programs and have become sex addicts…. Young women should not laugh in public. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
A confidence problem exists on the part of the people of the region who desire democratic rule in principle, but remain suspicious of both the fashion with which democratization is presented and the purposes of the democratic world.
A fitting external security environment could also play an important role in promoting social consensus and institutionalization towards democratization.
A lasting solution to this problem will have an exceptionally positive influence foremost on the peoples of Palestine and Israel, as well as on the region and the international community.
According to this view, democracy is a product of western culture, and it cannot be applied to the Middle East which has a different cultural, religious, sociological and historical background.
As a politician who cherishes religious conviction in his personal sphere, but regards politics as a domain belonging outside religion, I believe that this view is seriously flawed. Religion & God ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
But foremost, I do not subscribe to the view that Islamic culture and democracy cannot be reconciled.
Even as we ought to accept that each country would progress with a different method and speed toward that goal, the standard for the expected end-state should not be lowered.
Even in the Western world, one cannot argue that the ideal has been achieved given the existence of issues like the integration, participation and representation of Muslim citizens, and occasional but lingering anti-Semitism.
However, democracy cannot be defined as the existence of parliaments and elections alone.
I am a person who is inclined to define relations between individuals based on principles.
I am aware of the thesis that the United States has long since invested exclusively in stability and this has obviated democratic transformation in the Middle East.
I regard the endorsement of both the objective and a method - which can differ from one country to another- of democratization by the parties in the region as a basic requisite of democratization in the Middle East.
I should like to repeat what I stated recently in the Jeddah Economic Forum in Saudi Arabia: It won't be the religion, but rather the world-view of some of its followers that shall be made current. Religion & God
I take the debate on the method of promoting democracy seriously.
In other words, the bar should be maintained at the level of a pluralistic and participatory democracy.
In this context, social consensus, and institutions that embody this consensus, must be made effective in order for democratization not to be abused as a provisional instrument to establish an anti-democratic regime.
Invariably, also a Palestinian state should live side by side with Israel within recognized and secure borders and the security and prosperity of the Palestinian people must be guaranteed.
It is essential that policy instruments be developed that would firmly establish democratization on the basis of social consensus and enable transformation on stable grounds.
It is impossible to preserve my friendship with people who are allegedly leaders when they are attacking their own people, shooting at them, using tanks and other forms of heavy weaponry. Friendship
It is obvious that putting the Arab-Israeli dispute on a resolution track would be an important element of overcoming the confidence problem in the region.
My visit to the United States has also given me the opportunity to emphasize the objective of establishing close and intensive links between the Turkish and American peoples, scholars and businessmen.
Paramount is the need to secure human rights. The form of rule should be such that the citizen does not have to fear the State, but gives it direction and confidently participates in its administration.
Several experts on the Middle East concur that the Middle East cannot be democratized.
Similarly, gender-equality, supremacy of law, political participation, civil society, and transparency are among the indispensable elements that are the imperatives of democratization. Society
Similarly, it is argued that the culture of Islam is incompatible with democracy. Basically, this conventional perspective of the Middle East thus contends that democracy in that region is neither possible nor even desirable.
The advanced levels which the democratic world has attained at the end of lengthy processes may have created the perception in the region that democracy is a distant concept; this perception can be addressed.
The foundations of democratic transition should be laid in accordance with a sincere and committed strategy that is supported by various policy tools, and implemented wisely.
The Muslim world and its subset the countries of the Middle East have been left behind in the marathon of political, economic and human development. For that, there is a tendency to blame others as the primary cause.
The purpose cannot be creating self-styled democracies, but rather encouraging steps that are conducive to establishing democratic rule at universal standards. Obviously, this would be a formidable journey.
The US and the European Union needs to help in the translation of the demand for democracy into a political will.
Therefore, the observation must be explicitly made: In the Middle East and in the Muslim world, suspicions linger concerning the objectives of the West and notably the US.
Therefore, the question is not whether such democratization is possible, but instead how to meet the yearning of the masses in the Middle East for democracy; in other words, how to achieve democratization in the Middle East.
What should be targeted is a concept of organic, and not just mechanic, democracy that preserves the rule of law, separation of powers, and that is participatory and pluralistic.