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Abdullah GÜL

11th President of the Republic of Turkey

Abdullah Gül became Prime Minister and formed the 58th Government on November 18, 2002. He served as Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister in the 59th Government from 2003 to 2007.

Abdullah Gül was elected as the 11th President of the Republic of Turkey on

August 28, 2007.

Mr Gül served in the Turkish Grand National Assembly as a member of the Plan and Budget Committee from 1991 to 1995. He was also a member of the Turkish delegation at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) from 1991 to 2001, working in the PACE Committees on Culture,Statutes, Politics and Economic Development. Gül also served as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the TGNA from 1995 to 2001. He was Spokesperson and Minister of State in the 54th Government, which was formed in 1996.

Abdullah Gül pioneered the Reformist Movement in the Virtue Party and run for chairmanship in 2000. He was among the founders of the Justice and Development Party in 2001 and became the first Prime Minister in 2002.

He also served as a member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in both 2001 and 2002. Gül was awarded with the “Pro merito medal” and the title of “Permanent Honorary Member” in 2002 for his 10 years of valuable work in the PACE.

Abdullah Gül was presented with the 2010 Statesman of the Year Award from
Chatham House by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.