Since 2003, Erdogan has been the Prime Minister of one of the most populous and economically developed Muslim-majority countries in the world. Although
Erdogan is also the chairman of the ruling AK Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, the Justice and Development Party) though he has announced this year the concession of his parliamentary seat in 2015. The AK Party’s official ideology is ‘conservative democracy’; an attempt to create a Muslim democracy in an aggressively secular country.
A Popular Reformist
The political power that Erdogan now has is in part due to the AK Party’s ability to institute political reforms; both to produce major economic growth and also to enfranchise religious Muslim voters. Erdogan has recently called for more transparency in military operations by abolishing The Protocol on Cooperation for Security and Public Order (EMASYA), which was enacted in 1997. Despite his party’s Islamic orientation, Erdogan has put increased emphasis on
Erdogan insists on a role for
Erdogan is hailed for his strong opposition toward the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip. He is noted for his high-profile snub of Israeli President Shimon Peres at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2009, and his criticism of
Good Neighbor Policy