Emine Erdoğan

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Emine Erdoğan
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First Lady of Turkey
Assumed office
28 August 2014
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Preceded by Hayrünnisa Gül
Personal details
Emine Gülbaran

(1955-02-21) 21 February 1955 (age 63)
Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey
Political party Justice and Development Party
Children4 (inc. Ahmet Burak and Bilal)
Residence Presidential Palace (official)

Emine Erdoğan (born Emine Gülbaran; 21 February 1955) is the wife of President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the First Lady of Turkey.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan 12th President of Turkey from 2014

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a Turkish politician serving as the 12th and current President of Turkey since 2014. He previously served as Prime Minister from 2003 to 2014 and as Mayor of Istanbul from 1994 to 1998. He founded the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in 2001, leading it to general election victories in 2002, 2007 and 2011 before standing down upon his election as President in 2014. Coming from an Islamist political background and as a self-described conservative democrat, he has promoted socially conservative and liberal economic policies in his administration. Under his administration, Turkey has experienced democratic backsliding.



Emine Erdoğan was born in Üsküdar, Istanbul. She is of Arab descent, her family comes from the south-eastern province of Siirt [1] and the youngest child of a family of five children. She attended Mithat Paşa Akşam Art School, but left before graduation.

Üsküdar Place in Istanbul Province, Turkey

Üsküdar, traditionally known in Italian and English as Scutari, is a large and densely populated district and municipality of Istanbul, Turkey, on the Anatolian shore of the Bosphorus. It is bordered on the north by Beykoz, on the east by Ümraniye, on the southeast by Ataşehir, on the south by Kadıköy, and on the west by the Bosphorus, with the areas of Beşiktaş, Beyoğlu, and Eminönü on the opposite shore. It is home to about half a million people. Üsküdar is also the usual name for the historic center of the municipality.

Istanbul Metropolitan municipality in Marmara, Turkey

Istanbul, historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople, is the most populous city in Turkey and the country's economic, cultural and historic center. Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia, straddling the Bosporus strait between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical center lies on the European side and about a third of its population lives on the Asian side. With a total population of around 15 million residents, Istanbul is one of the world's most populous cities, ranking as the world's fourth-largest city proper and the largest European city. The city is the administrative center of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. Istanbul is viewed as a bridge between the East and West.

Arabs in Turkey ethnic group

Turkish Arabs refers to citizens and residents of Turkey who are ethnically Arab.

Erdoğan joined the "Idealist Women's Association". During these activities she met Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at a conference. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Emine Gülbaran married on 4 February 1978. The couple has four children: Ahmet Burak Erdoğan, Sümeyye, who married defense industrialist engineer Selçuk Bayraktar in May 2016, [2] Necmettin Bilal, and Esra. [3]

Political life

Emine Erdoğan meets with Michelle Obama in the Yellow Oval Room, White House, 8 December 2009 Michelle Obama and Emine Erdogan.jpg
Emine Erdoğan meets with Michelle Obama in the Yellow Oval Room, White House, 8 December 2009

On 7 December 2010, Prime Minister of Pakistan Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani conferred the Pakistani Nishan-e-Pakistan on Emine Erdoğan, in recognition of her efforts for the flood-stricken people of Pakistan. In October 2010, Erdoğan visited Pakistan and the flood hit areas to witness the devastation caused by the floods and contributed significantly in the fund-raising campaign to help the country’s flood victims. [4]

The Nishan-e-Pakistan is the highest of civil awards and decorations given by the Government of Pakistan for the highest degree of service to the country and nation of Pakistan. The award was established on 19 March 1957.

Pakistan federal parliamentary constitutional republic in South Asia

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2010 Pakistan floods

The floods in Pakistan began in late July 2010, resulting from heavy monsoon rains in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab and, Balochistan regions of Pakistan, which affected the Indus River basin. Approximately one-fifth of Pakistan's total land area was affected by floods, with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province facing the brunt of the damage and casualties. According to Pakistani government data, the floods directly affected about 20 million people, mostly by destruction of property, livelihood and infrastructure, with a death toll of close to 2,000.

On 16 February 2011, Emine Erdoğan was presented with the "Prix de la Fondation" by the Crans Montana Forum at a ceremony in Brussels. [5]

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  1. "Mrs Erdogan's many friends", The Economist , 12 August 2004
  2. "Thousands expected to attend wedding of Erdoğan's daughter". Tehran Times. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  3. "Emine Erdoğan". Biyografi (in Turkish). 15 October 2008. Retrieved 15 October 2008.
  4. "PM confers Hilal-e-Pakistan award on Emine Erdogan". Associated Press of Pakistan. 16 February 2011. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
  5. "Turkish PM's wife presented with women's award". Anatolian Agency. 16 February 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
  6. cumhurbaskanligi@tccb.gov.tr. "Presidency Of The Republic Of Turkey : First Lady: "Forced child marriage is unacceptable under any conditions"". www.tccb.gov.tr.
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Hayrünnisa Gül
First Lady of Turkey

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