Turkey's first lady Emine Erdoğan has celebrated her husband's 67th birthday on social media.
She posted a picture of herself holding President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's hands and wrote on Twitter: “Happy birthday....”
The Justice and Development Party (AKP) also celebrated Erdoğan's birthday on Twitter and shared a video with a collage of his pictures along with a caption that read, “Happy birthday, many more years in the path of serving the nation.”
The ruling party added the hashtag of “#iyikidoğdunmilletinadamı” to its post, which translates as “Happy birthday the man of the nation.”
President Erdoğan was born in Istanbul's neighborhood of Kasımpaşa on Feb. 26, 1954. He served as Istanbul's mayor before coming to power nationally in 2003. After spending 11 years as prime minister, he became the country's first directly-elected president in August 2014 - a supposedly ceremonial role.
Emine Erdoğan married the president on July, 4 1978. “Mrs. Erdoğan has been the greatest supporter of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, one of the most significant leaders in Turkish political history, during his political struggles,” says a statement on the Turkish presidency's website.