A blacksmith's son at the top of the government

What do people think about him? What do they know about him? Here is the son of a blacksmith at the top of the government representing Turkey in the world.

A blacksmith's son at the top of the government

Abdullah Gul was born in Kayseri on 29 October 1950. His father is Ahmet Hamdi Gul; mother is Adeviye Gul. The elders of the family were loved by the people around, known as a conservative family carrying the national traditions and related with the country issues. The important property of the family is the great value they gave to science.

Mr. Gul started his primary school education in Kayseri Gazi Pasa Primary school, finished the secondary school in Nazmi Toker Secondary school and lycee in Kayseri Lycee. Those years were the political years for the schools. Gul took part in the policy starting from the early age.


In 1968 he attended the University of Istanbul, Faculty of Economy. Those days were the times for the political tension and leftist-rightist polarization and the university attacks. Most of the political actors of the country took part in the students’ movements those days.

Gul continued his political life in the National Turkish Students’ Union. During his university years thinkers as Necip Fazıl, Nurettin Topcu, Sezai Karakoc, Cemil Meric and Idris Kucukomer effected him a lot.Gul and his friends’ photos were hanged by the leftist groups to ban them from the university.


After graduating from the University of Istanbul, Mr. Gul started his doctorate studies in the same faculty. Between 1976-1978 with the scholarship he got from the National Culture Foundation, he went to London and studied in Exeter. He founded FOSIS, under the roof of the union of the Muslim students, Turkish Students’ Aid Association.

He got great experiences about both the western and the Muslim cultures in his years in England.
After coming back to Turkey Gul started to work at the Sakarya University, Faculty of Industrial Engineering.


By the way the coup of 12 September happened and Gul was taken into prison a few days after he married Hayrunnisa Gul.


In the context of “Sancak Movement” Gul was taken to the Istanbul Metris Military Prison.


After 1983 Gul started working in Jeddah for the Islamic Development Bank as the economy expert.

After he came to Turkey for his son’s circumcision he was offered to be a candidate of deputy fort he early election declared then. After the insists of his close friends Saban Bayrak, Tayyip Erdogan, Azmi Ates he attended the elections and became a deputy of RP ( the virtue party).

He worked a lot against the massacres in Bosnia, Checenya, Algeria. In 1991, elected as a Member of the Parliament from the Welfare Party. Became member of the Planning and Budgetary Commission in the Parliament.

In 1993, appointed as the Deputy Chairman of the Welfare Party in charge of Foreign Affairs.

Reelected in 1995 as a member of Parliament. Became member of the Foreign Affairs Commission. From 1996 to 1997, served as a Minister of State and Government Spokesman.  In 1999, elected from the Virtue Party, for the third term, as a Member of Parliament.

 From 1992 to 2001 served as the Member of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council Europe. Served as the member of Committee on Culture and Education and Political Committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly.

 In 2001 awarded with Pro-merito Medal of the Council of Europe and became Honoury Associate of Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly.
In August 2001, became the Founding Board Member of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party).

Reelected in November 2002 as a member of Parliament.
In November 2002, charged as the Prime Minister to found 58th Cabinet.
In March 2003, appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. His candidacy for presidency started an injustice dispute on the secularism and the Islamic tradition. 

Mr Gul both knowing the western culture and the national virtues is married with three children. Ahmet Munir, Kubra and Mehmet Emre...

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