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AK Parti, (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi) the Justice and Development Party, is a conservative political party in Turkey. The party was founded in 2001 by a group of politicians led by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who went on to become the Prime Minister of Turkey in 2003, and later the President of Turkey in 2014.
AK Parti's political ideology is based on conservative values, Islamic principles, and free-market economics. The party has been successful in several general elections, winning consecutive elections in 2002, 2007, 2011, and 2015, and forming a government each time. The party has implemented several reforms, including changes to the education system, healthcare, and the economy, and has pursued an agenda of modernization and European integration.
AK Parti has also been involved in some controversial issues, including accusations of corruption and limiting freedom of speech and the press. The party has faced criticism from some segments of Turkish society, particularly from secularists who see it as a threat to Turkey's secular system.
Overall, AK Parti remains a major political force in Turkey and has played a significant role in shaping the country's political landscape over the past two decades.