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Education minister questioned over Erdogan’s diploma

Idris Baluken, People's Democratic Party deputy parliamentary group co-chair, has addressed a parliamentary question to Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz, asking him to clarify the mystery surrounding the validity of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s university diploma, reports Hurriyet Daily News.

Baluken submitted a parliamentary question to the parliamentary speaker’s office, requesting Yilmaz to answer eight questions regarding Erdogan’s undergraduate diploma from Marmara University’s faculty of economics and administrative sciences amid an ongoing debate over whether the president was actually a university graduate.

The debate has legal implications, as Article 101 of Turkey’s constitution states that the country’s president has to be chosen among citizens over 40 years of age who have a higher education diploma. “The fact that the faculty [from where Erdogan graduated] was established in 1983 even though the diploma released by the YSK [Supreme Election Board] says Erdogan graduated in 1981 further supports the allegations,” Baluken said in his question.
Full report on the Hurriyet Daily News site
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