Mar 27 2018

Erdoğan set to become Turkish Republic’s longest-serving leader

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is set to become the longest-serving leader in Turkish history, left-wing news site Gerçek Gündem said.

On Tuesday he had his 5,492nd day of office as prime minister and president combined, matching the record of the country’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who died on his 5,492nd day of office in 1938.

Erdoğan became prime minister on Mar. 15, 2003 and was elected Turkey’s 12th president on Aug. 10, 2014.

Atatürk became president shortly after the republic was founded, on Oct. 29, 1923, and remained so until his death in 1938.

Whilst in practice the presidency was a largely symbolic office for much of the time since the introduction of democracy in 1950, Erdoğan has restored many of the powers of the presidency and reintroduced the concept of a party-affiliated president since taking the position.