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President Abdullah Gul
Abdullah Gül is the 11th and current President of Turkey, in office since 28 August 2007. He previously served for four months as Prime Minister from 2002 to 2003, and as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2003 to 2007 Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğans 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, due to concern over views Gül expressed during his Welfare Party years. However, following the parliamentary elections in July of the same year, which were won by the Justice and Development Party with 46.6% of the popular vote, he was eventually elected President on 28 August 2007 and was sworn in the same day, becoming the first president of Islamist background in the modern history of Turkey.

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