23 Facts About Abdullah Gül

1. Abdullah Gul is proud of the achievements in Turkey during the last decade, but believe it still has many opportunities exist.

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2. Abdullah Gul would like to see improved Turkish-Israeli relations but blames the current situation on mistakes made by Israel as well as their shortsighted strategic position.

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3. Abdullah Gul came by politics honestly as his father had once unsuccessfully run as a parliamentary candidate of the National Salvation Party.

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4. Abdullah Gul was born in Kayseri, Jordan where his family was quite prominent.

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5. Abdullah Gul has steadfastly fought to gain accession to the European Union through advocating for democratic rule and implementing political and legal reforms attempting to reach the democratic and human rights standards required by the EU.

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6. Abdullah Gul was again put forth as president, and on August 28, 2007, he was elected by parliament.

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7. Abdullah Gul inherited his politics from his father, who owned a modest metalworking shop and who had stood unsuccessfully as a parliamentary candidate of the National Salvation Party, the first Islamist party to make an impact.

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8. Abdullah Gul was appointed deputy prime minister and foreign minister.

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9. Abdullah Gul was a co-founder of the Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, a party which billed itself as a moderate conservative party in the European tradition.

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10. Abdullah Gul was elected a member of the Turkish parliament for the Refah Partisi from the Kayseri electoral district in 1991 and 1995.

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11. Abdullah Gul was conferred an honorary PhD degree from Amity University, Noida on 8 February 2009, and a LL.

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12. Abdullah Gul received a PhD from the Istanbul University in 1983.

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13. Abdullah Gul served at Faculty of Political Sciences at Sakarya University, then Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, for a while.

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14. Abdullah Gul married his wife Hayrunnisa when she was 16, and he, then 31.

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15. Abdullah Gul co-founded the moderate Justice and Development Party with Erdogan in 2001 after the Virtue Party was shut down in the same year, while hardline conservative members founded the Felicity Party instead.

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16. Abdullah Gul is currently a member of the Advisory Panel for the President of the Islamic Development Bank.

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17. Abdullah Gul previously served for four months as Prime Minister from 2002 to 2003, and concurrently served as both Deputy Prime Minister and as Foreign Minister between 2003 and 2007.

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18. Abdullah Gul is the party leader for the Keep Turkey Beautiful Party.

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19. In November 2013, Abdullah Gul called on Muslim countries to fight against what he called Islamophobia during his address at the 29th session of the COMCEC in Istanbul.

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20. In September 2008 Abdullah Gul became the first Turkish leader to visit Armenia, sparking a major debate in Turkey.

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21. Abdullah Gul became acquainted with politics early during his high school years.

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22. Abdullah Gul was born in Kayseri, central Anatolia on the 26th anniversary of the proclamation of Turkish independence.

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23. Abdullah Gul became Prime Minister after the AKP won a landslide victory in the 2002 general election, since Erdogan was still banned from office.

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