By Gerald MacLean

ISBN-10: 178074563X

ISBN-13: 9781780745633

Drawing on unique examine, together with in-depth interviews with President Abdullah Gül himself in addition to his spouse and shut circle of peers and acquaintances, this interesting account deals a portrait of a guy who has been on the middle of the political, financial, and cultural advancements that experience introduced Turkey to foreign prominence in recent times. In 2002 Abdullah Gül's democratically elected occasion received energy and challenged Turkey's political and non secular legacy. almost immediately after, Gül grew to become a key participant in Turkey's makes an attempt to obtain an accession date for the ecu Union. In 2007 he grew to become the 1st president of Turkey who was once additionally a religious Muslim — inflicting political commentators to hail his victory as a “new period in Turkish politics" — and he has on the grounds that been a massive determine in Turkey's diplomatic relationships within the center East and overseas political arena.
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Since 2007, the presidential website provides chronological lists of state visits and protocol meetings, as well as providing English-language versions of many of President Gül’s speeches. During my stay in Ankara, 2011–12, and at other times in other places, I recorded interviews with numerous politicians, businessmen, mayors, civil servants, journalists, academics, and diplomats, as well as personal friends and members of Abdullah Gül’s family. Many, but not all, of these meetings were assisted through the president’s office; some were attended by journalists, others by a variety of helpful translators.

Yet the deep roots of this ‘new Turkey’ can be traced back to 1950. In that year, Abdullah Gül, one of the AKP’s leading founders and President of the Republic since 2007, was born in the central Anatolian city of Kayseri. Coincidentally, the first multiparty elections to be held in the twenty-seven-year history of the Republic of Turkey earlier that year had brought an end to the rule of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s party. To understand Abdullah Gül and how he came to be elected president requires understanding the importance of Kayseri, not just the strong influence of its history on his character, values and political outlook, but also on the history of what has taken place there, and throughout Turkey, since 1950.

19 President and Madame Gül welcome Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip to Turkey, Istanbul, 14 May 2008. ‌20 President Gül and Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster, November 2010. ‌21 President Abdullah Gül visits Kayseri; Mount Erciyes in the background, 26 June 2011. ‌22 President and Madame Gül with Prime Minister and Madame Erdoğan, Istanbul, 29 May 2013. ‌ ‌Foreword This book is an attempt to explore what has been happening in Turkey since the end of the Second World War by focusing on the life and career of Abdullah Gül, the eleventh president.

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