Derviş Eroğlu

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Derviş Eroğlu
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3rd President of Northern Cyprus
In office
23 April 2010 30 April 2015
Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün (Acting)
İrsen Küçük
Sibel Siber
Özkan Yorgancıoğlu
Preceded by Mehmet Ali Talat
Succeeded by Mustafa Akıncı
Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus
In office
5 May 2009 23 April 2010
President Mehmet Ali Talat
Preceded by Ferdi Sabit Soyer
Succeeded by Hüseyin Özgürgün (Acting)
In office
16 August 1996 13 January 2004
President Rauf Denktaş
Preceded by Hakkı Atun
Succeeded by Mehmet Ali Talat
In office
19 July 1985 1 January 1994
President Rauf Denktaş
Preceded by Mustafa Çağatay
Succeeded by Hakkı Atun
Personal details
Born (1938-03-07) 7 March 1938 (age 80)
Famagusta, British Cyprus
Political party National Unity Party
Spouse(s)Meral Eroğlu
Alma mater Istanbul University

Derviş Eroğlu (born March 7, 1938) is a Turkish Cypriot politician, who served as the third President of Northern Cyprus. [1] [2] Previously, he was Prime Minister (1985–94, 1996–2004 and again 2009–10) and twice-leader of the National Unity Party. He became President on 23 April 2010, [3] serving until 30 April 2015.

President of Northern Cyprus

The President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is the head of state of the TRNC. Rauf Denktaş was the first and founding president of Northern Cyprus, and retired in 2005. His position was taken over by Mehmet Ali Talat, followed by Derviş Eroğlu and the current president, Mustafa Akıncı.

Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus head of government of Northern Cyprus

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus takes place in a framework of a semi-presidential representative democratic republic, whereby the President is head of state and the Prime Minister head of government, and of a multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the Assembly of the Republic. The judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature. The Prime Minister must control a majority of parliament in order to govern.

National Unity Party (Northern Cyprus) political party in Northern Cyprus

The National Unity Party is a nationalist and conservative political party in Northern Cyprus. It was founded by Rauf Denktaş on 11 October 1975. The party was in power from its creation until the 2003 elections with the exception of the period from 1994–1996.


Early life and education

Eroğlu was born in Famagusta in 1938. He studied medicine at Istanbul University, graduating in 1963. He later specialised in urology. [4]

Famagusta Place in Famagusta District, Cyprus

Famagusta is a city on the east coast of Cyprus. It is located east of Nicosia and possesses the deepest harbour of the island. During the medieval period, Famagusta was the island's most important port city and a gateway to trade with the ports of the Levant, from where the Silk Road merchants carried their goods to Western Europe. The old walled city and parts of the modern city presently fall within the de facto Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in Gazimağusa District, of which it is the capital.

Istanbul University Turkish university located in Istanbul

Istanbul University is a prominent Turkish university located in Istanbul.

Urology subspecialty of surgery

Urology, also known as genitourinary surgery, is the branch of medicine that focuses on surgical and medical diseases of the male and female urinary-tract system and the male reproductive organs. Organs under the domain of urology include the kidneys, adrenal glands, ureters, urinary bladder, urethra, and the male reproductive organs.


Eroğlu entered the Assembly of the Republic of the then-Turkish Federated State of Northern Cyprus in 1976, serving as Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports during 1976–77. He served as member of the de facto Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Constituent Assembly in November 1983. [5] As the leader of the National Unity Party (UBP), he was appointed Prime Minister in four successive governments between 1985 and 1993 (he was opposition leader between 1994 and 1996), and from 1996 until his party lost the general election to the Republican Turkish Party under Mehmet Ali Talat in 2004. Eroğlu's UBP won the majority of seats in the legislative election of 18 April 2009, and Eroğlu became Prime Minister again. [6]

Assembly of the Republic (Northern Cyprus) the parliament of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

The Assembly of the Republic is the parliament of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. It has 50 members, elected for a five-year term by mitigated proportional representation. A party must cross the election threshold to be awarded any seats. The parliament is composed of 50 MPs, chosen from six electoral districts, which are coterminous with the districts of Northern Cyprus: Lefkoşa, Gazimağusa, Girne, Güzelyurt, Lefke and İskele.

The Republican Turkish Party is a social-democratic political party in Northern Cyprus. The party was founded in 1970 by Ahmet Mithat Berberoğlu, a lawyer, in opposition to the leadership of Fazıl Küçük and Rauf Denktaş.

Mehmet Ali Talat former President of TRNC

Mehmet Ali Talat is a Turkish Cypriot politician who served as the President of Northern Cyprus from 2005 to 2010. Talat is the leader of the social democratic Republican Turkish Party, having previously held this position between 1996 and 2005. He became prime minister in 2004, and subsequently won the presidential election held on 17 April 2005. Talat was inaugurated on 25 April 2005, succeeding retiring leader Rauf Denktaş. He lost the presidential election of 2010 and was replaced by Derviş Eroğlu as President.

On 21 November 2005, Eroğlu resigned as leader of the UBP, stating that "it was time for younger blood to take control", but was re-elected to the chair in November 2008. [7] Eroğlu was elected to the office of President of Northern Cyprus on 18 April 2010. Because the UN does not recognize the TRNC, it regards Derviş Eroğlu as bona fide negotiator for the Turkish Cypriot community of the Republic of Cyprus.

In the 2015 general elections, he was defeated by Mustafa Akıncı. [8] [9]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mustafa Çağatay
Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus
Succeeded by
Hakkı Atun
Preceded by
Hakkı Atun
Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus
Succeeded by
Mehmet Ali Talat
Preceded by
Ferdi Sabit Soyer
Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus
Succeeded by
Hüseyin Özgürgün
Preceded by
Mehmet Ali Talat
President of Northern Cyprus
Succeeded by
Mustafa Akıncı