Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (26 February 1954 in Kasımpaşa) is the President of Turkey. Recep's family was from Batumi, Georgia. It is said that his family is playing a role in the Islamising of the educational system of Turkey. In January 2017, Recep's Justice and Development Party or AKP removed Charles Darwin's theory of evolution from biology courses in Turkish schools. The Turkish newspaper "soL" says that the AKP has long been attempting to bring the educational system into "line with Islamic principles". In 2004, Recep endorsed a push to make adultery illegal, which was also endorsed by the AKP and was being debated. On a separate note, Ermine Erdoğan, Recep's wife, has praised the Ottoman-era practice the sultans had of keeping harems of hundreds of women. In 2014, Recep once said that "women and men are not equal". Recep was a senior member of the pro-Islamic party Welfare, a party that was removed from power in 1997. Recep, who was formerly Istanbul's mayor, was gaoled in 1999, according to "The New York Times", "for reciting a poem in public that talked of mosque minarets as bayonets".
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