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A look back at Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan

Istanbul Mayor Tayyip Erdogan is mobbed by journalists while he inspects a public park in the north of Istanbul April 21, 1998. The state security court in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir sentenced mayor Erdogan, one of the most prominent Islamists, to 10 months in jail for “enciting hatred” in an address to Islamists supporters last year in the nearby town of Siirt. Erdogan dismisssed the verdict and said his lawyers had launched an appeal. (Fatih Saribas/Reuters)

A look back at Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan

Is he running a dictatorship or a democracy? That’s the question many are asking after a referendum in Turkey gave the country’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan unprecedented power.

As President Trump meets with him for first time, here’s a look at who he is and how he rose to power. (Yahoo News)

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