Abdullah Gül

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About Abdullah Gül Abdullah Gül, GCB, GColIH, Ph.D. (born October 29, 1950) is the 11th President of the Republic of Turkey, serving in that office since 28 August 2007. He previously served for five months as Prime Minister from 2002 to 2003, and as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2003 to 2007. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's nomination of Gül as a presidential candidate drew strong and highly vocal opposition from ardent supporters of secularism in Turkey. In May 2007, Gül's first bid for presidency was blocked by the Constitutional Court, in a climate of secularist concern regarding views Gül had expressed during his Welfare Party years, and the fact that his wife, Madame Hayrünnisa Gül, wears a headscarf, seen by some as a symbol of political Islam. However, following the parliamentary elections in July the same year, which were won by the AKP with 46.6% of the popular vote, he was eventually elected President on August 28, 2007 and was sworn in the same day, becoming the first former-Islamist President in the modern history of Turkey. In September 2008 he became the first Turkish leader to visit neighboring Armenia, sparking a major debate in Turkey.

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15. Muhsin Yazıcıaoğlu 2158
16. Oktay Vural 1351
17. İsmet İnönü 1333
18. Gün Sazak 1326
19. Abdullah Gül 1282
20. Selim Kotil 1038
21. Osman Baydemir 1008
22. Adnan Menderes 814
23. Devlet Bahçeli 741

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265. Abdullah Gül 1282
266. Lalla Salma 1259
267. C. Vadim Tudor 1246
268. Sulaiman Layeq 1226
269. Hussein bin Talal 1221

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