47 Facts About Ahmet Davutoglu

1. Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey was reacting to France because it had taken a step that made such an intellectual foundation of discussion impossible.

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2. Ahmet Davutoglu was the architect of the agreement, which went into effect last month.

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3. Ahmet Davutoglu was elected as an MP for Konya in the 2011 general election as the first candidate on the AKP's provincial party list.

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4. Ahmet Davutoglu was an AKP parliamentary candidate in 2011 and the leader of the AKP in both the June 2015 and November 2015 general elections.

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5. On 4 May 2016, Ahmet Davutoglu met Erdogan at the Presidential Complex in what the Presidency described as a 'routine meeting'.

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6. Ahmet Davutoglu added that he would not stand for re-election as party leader, thereby effectively announcing his resignation as Prime Minister of Turkey.

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7. On 5 May 2016, Ahmet Davutoglu announced his resignation as leader of the AKP, adding that he would call for an Extraordinary Party Congress on 22 May 2016 to elect a successor.

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8. Ahmet Davutoglu has often been referred to as 'Erdogan's Yıldırım Akbulut' due to the similar circumstances of his ascension to the Prime Minister's Office with that of Yıldırım Akbulut in 1989.

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9. Ahmet Davutoglu initially served as acting prime minister between 28 and 29 August 2014.

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10. Ahmet Davutoglu warned that continued global inactivity in regards to Syria will lead to failure "like Bosnia" in response to the United Nations General Assembly's failure to reach consensus.

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11. Ahmet Davutoglu has supported the need to strengthen the rebels against Assad's regime, though his stance was complicated by the growing influence of Al-Qaeda related militant action within Syria as the civil war progressed.

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12. Ahmet Davutoglu reaffirmed Turkey's commitment to Somalia's territorial integrity and political sovereignty.

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13. In March 2014, Ahmet Davutoglu accepted nearly 50 representatives from various Crimea charities from throughout Turkey, as well as from the Crimean Tatar Charity Federation.

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14. Ahmet Davutoglu called for the Russians to lift the ban on Tatar leader and Ukrainian Member of Parliament Mustafa Dzhemilev's entrance to Crimea, the respect for international law and the union of Ukraine.

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15. In May 2011, Ahmet Davutoglu met with rebel leaders and voiced concerns on the threats to civilians, arguing that a peaceful transition of power could be achieved if Gaddafi and his family stepped aside.

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16. In 2014, Ahmet Davutoglu visited northern Iraq and met regional President Massoud Barzani multiple times, stating that Turkey sought closer ties with the KRG in terms of diplomatic relations as well as oil trade.

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17. Ahmet Davutoglu has voiced concern on the impact that the growing unrest has had on Iraq's Turkmen and Yazidi minorities.

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18. Ahmet Davutoglu has expressed that any new possible solution does not need to be based on the Annan Plan.

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19. In 2013, Ahmet Davutoglu brought a possible two-state solution of the Cyprus dispute to Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos after controversy erupted over the ownership of offshore oil reserves.

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20. On 30 March 2012, Ahmet Davutoglu met with Bechara Boutros al-Rahi of Lebanon and said that they should meet occasionally during this century.

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21. Ahmet Davutoglu was listed in Foreign Policy magazine as one of the "Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2010" for "being the brains behind Turkey's global reawakening.

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22. Ahmet Davutoglu entered the Grand National Assembly as an MP for Konya in the 2011 general election and continued serving as foreign minister in Recep Tayyip Erdogan's third cabinet.

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23. In contrast to these theories, Ahmet Davutoglu has in the past advocated a pro-western policy as a NATO member by expressing support for European Union membership.

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24. Ahmet Davutoglu became Recep Tayyip Erdogan's chief foreign policy advisor after the latter became prime minister, developing the Justice and Development Party's new foreign policy outlook that would bring Turkey to play a larger role in the Middle East.

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25. Ahmet Davutoglu is very influential in the military, academic, and government triangle shaping Turkish foreign policy.

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26. Ahmet Davutoglu was granted the title of ambassador in 2003 by the joint decision of President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Prime Minister Abdullah Gul.

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27. Ahmet Davutoglu was the chairman of the Department of International Relations at Beykent University in Istanbul.

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28. Ahmet Davutoglu holds a master's degree in Public Administration and a PhD degree in Political Science and International Relations from Bogazici University.

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29. Ahmet Davutoglu graduated from Istanbul Erkek Lisesi, which is a Deutsche Auslandsschule and studied at the Department of Economics and Political Science of the Bogazici University, Istanbul.

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30. Ahmet Davutoglu announced that an Extraordinary party Congress would be held on 22 May 2016 and that he would not stand for re-election for the party leadership.

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31. Ahmet Davutoglu was unanimously elected as leader during the first AKP extraordinary congress and consequently succeeded Erdogan as prime minister, forming the 62nd Government of the Turkish Republic.

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32. Ahmet Davutoglu resigned as Prime Minister on 22 May 2016.

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33. Ahmet Davutoglu was elected as an AKP Member of Parliament for Konya in the 2011 general election and was re-elected as an MP in both the June and November 2015 general elections.

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34. Ahmet Davutoglu previously served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2009 to 2014 and as chief advisor to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan from 2003 to 2009.

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35. Ahmet Davutoglu was made Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2009, despite not being a Member of Parliament.

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36. On 6 November 2014, Ahmet Davutoglu announced plans to boost the economy through greater global integration.

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37. Ahmet Davutoglu became the 26th Prime Minister of Turkey on 29 August 2014 after his predecessor Recep Tayyip Erdogan was elected as the 12th President of Turkey.

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38. In September 2012, Ahmet Davutoglu called for the establishment of "safe zones" in northern Syria to accommodate refugees and reduce the number of civilian casualties.

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39. Ahmet Davutoglu has supported the need for a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Ukraine and Crimea through diplomatic negotiations, and has raised concern over the treatments of Crimean Tatars by Russian armed forces.

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40. Ahmet Davutoglu supported Russia's call for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons instead of risking foreign military intervention.

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41. Ahmet Davutoglu managed to secure an apology in March 2013, and compensation deals were finalised in 2014.

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42. Ahmet Davutoglu compared Morsi's overthrow to the Turkish coups in 1960 and 1980.

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43. In 2010, Ahmet Davutoglu set out four pillars upon which his foreign policy rests.

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44. Ahmet Davutoglu was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2009 despite not being a Member of Parliament.

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45. Ahmet Davutoglu is generally linked to the notion of Turkish neo-Ottomanism, which favours a commonwealth with its neighbours and old Ottoman connections.

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46. Ahmet Davutoglu has called for Turkey to become more than just a regional power within Europe and the Middle East and expressed a desire for Ankara to have a far more influential role in world politics.

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47. In contrast to both these theories, Ahmet Davutoglu has in the past advocated a pro-western policy as a NATO member by expressing support for European Union membership.

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