Turkey’s Justice and Development Party marks 15th anniversary

Turkey’s governing Justice and Development (AK) Party marks its 15th anniversary Sunday, nearly a month after it survived an attempted coup, according to Anadolu Agency.

The party has been in power since taking office 15 months after it was formed and has won five general elections and three local polls since it was established.

During its 14 years in power, the party has survived numerous challenges, reformed the economy and overseen efforts to join the EU.

It was formed by a cross-section of politicians from existing conservative parties such as the National Salvation Party, the Welfare Party, the Motherland Party and the Virtue Party and has been led by Recep Tayyip Erdogan for most of its existence.