Turkey elections: Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AKP declares victory after nearly all...

Turkey elections: Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AKP declares victory after nearly all votes counted

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Mr Erdogan greeting supporters (EPA)
Age 61
Born in Rize, north-east Turkey
Married to Emine Erdogan since 1978 and they have four children, two girls, two boys.

Who is he?

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is Turkey’s first directly elected president and former prime minister. He is also the founder of the most successful Turkish party in the 21st century.

His recent political career?

Mr Erdogan has served as Turkey’s prime minister between 2002 and 2014. He resigned his position as he could not serve a fourth term as prime minister. This was because his party forbid him from leading the party more than three terms. He was elected as president in August 2014 with 52 per cent of the vote.

His early political career?

In 1994, he had his first taste of power when he was elected mayor of Istanbul – the first Islamist in the role. In 1997, he was sentenced to 10 months in jail for inciting religious hatred when he read a poem. He co-founded Turkey’s current largest party, Justice and Devel