Devlet Bahçeli

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Devlet Bahçeli

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Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey
In office
28 May 1999 18 November 2002
Prime Minister Bülent Ecevit
Served with Hüsamettin Özkan
Şükrü Sina Gürel
Cumhur Ersümer
Mesut Yılmaz
Preceded by Hikmet Uluğbay
Succeeded by Abdüllatif Şener
Leader of the Nationalist Movement Party
Assumed office
6 July 1997
Preceded by Alparslan Türkeş
Member of the Grand National Assembly
Assumed office
22 July 2007
Constituency Osmaniye (2007, 2011, June 2015, Nov 2015, 2018)
In office
19 April 1999 18 November 2002
Constituency Osmaniye (1999)
Personal details
Born (1948-01-01) 1 January 1948 (age 71)
Bahçe, Osmaniye, Turkey
Political party Nationalist Movement Party (MHP)
Alma mater Gazi University
Occupation Politician
Profession Economist, academic
Signature Devlet Bahceli imzasi.png

Devlet Bahçeli (born 1 January 1948) is a Turkish politician who has been the chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) since 6 July 1997. [1]

Turkish people or the Turks, also known as Anatolian Turks, are a Turkic ethnic group and nation living mainly in Turkey and speaking Turkish, the most widely spoken Turkic language. They are the largest ethnic group in Turkey, as well as by far the largest ethnic group among the speakers of Turkic languages. Ethnic Turkish minorities exist in the former lands of the Ottoman Empire. In addition, a Turkish diaspora has been established with modern migration, particularly in Western Europe.

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Nationalist Movement Party nationalist political party in Turkey

The Nationalist Movement Party is a Turkish far-right ultraconservative political party that adheres to Turkish ultranationalism and Euroscepticism.

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An academic in economics at Gazi University in Ankara until 1987, he served as Deputy Prime Minister in the coalition government of Bülent Ecevit (1999–2002). Elected in the province of Osmaniye, [2] he has been an MP in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey since 22 July 2007. [3]

Gazi University university in Turkey

Gazi University is a public university primarily located in Ankara, Turkey. It was established in 1926 by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk as Gazi Teacher Training Institute. In 1982, it was reorganized by merging with the Bolu Academy of Engineering and Architecture, Ankara Academy of Economics and Commercial Sciences, the Ankara College of Technical Careers, the Ankara Girls' College of Technical Careers, and the Ankara State Academy of Engineering and Architecture to become a large metropolitan university as part of the act which created the Board of Higher Education. Prior to 1982 when the Board of Higher Education Law came into effect, institutes of higher education in Turkey were organized under different structures as universities, academies, institutes, and schools. In 1992 faculties and vocational schools in Bolu became Abant Izzet Baysal University.

Ankara Metropolitan municipality in Central Anatolia, Turkey

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Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey

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Education and work

Born in the rural district of Bahçe in the province of Osmaniye, Bahçeli attended primary school there. [4] He moved to Istanbul for his secondary education. Bahçeli received his higher education from the scientific academy in Ankara and his doctorate from Gazi University in Ankara. Bahçeli served as a lecturer for economics at Gazi University before entering political life in 1987.

Bahçe, Osmaniye Place in Osmaniye, Turkey

Bahçe is a rural district and town of Osmaniye Province in the Mediterranean region of Turkey. It is located in the Nur Mountains area.

Osmaniye Province Province of Turkey in Mediterranean

Osmaniye Province is a Turkish province located in southern Turkey. It existed as a province by the name Cebel-i Bereket in the early republic until 1933, when it was incorporated into Adana Province. It was made a province again in 1996. It covers an area of 3,767 km2 and has a population of 479,221. The province is situated in Çukurova, a geographical, economical and cultural region.

Istanbul Metropolitan municipality in Marmara, Turkey

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Political career

In 1987, Devlet Bahçeli became a member of the board of the Nationalist Task Party (MÇP), which was officially renamed the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) during a congress on 24 January 1993. Following the death on 5 April 1997 of the founder and leader, Alparslan Türkeş, he became on 6 July 1997 the second chairman of the MHP. From 1999 to 2002, Bahçeli served as a deputy prime minister in the coalition government (DSP-ANAP-MHP) of Bülent Ecevit.

Alparslan Türkeş Turkish politician

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Elections

In the 2007 general elections, Devlet Bahçeli led the MHP list in the province of Osmaniye. His parliamentary list polled 44.90% (99,565 votes) and won two of the four provincial seats. [5]

2007 Turkish general election

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Osmaniye (electoral district)

Osmaniye is an electoral district of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. It elects 4 members of parliament (deputies) to represent the province of the same name for a four-year term by the D'Hondt method, a party-list proportional representation system.

In the 2011 general elections, he led the MHP list in the province of Osmaniye. His parliamentary list polled 41.22% (110,708 votes) and won two of the four provincial seats. [6]

2011 Turkish general election general election held on 12 June 2011

Turkey's 17th general election was held on 12 June 2011 to elect 550 new members of Grand National Assembly. In accordance to the result of the constitutional referendum held in 2007, the election was held four years after the previous one instead of five.

In the 2018 general elections, he joins with the AKP and Recep Tayyip Erdogan's presidential campaign.

Speeches

He made his most famous speech in 2009 which is the 40th anniversary of Nationalist Movement Party. The English translation is "What's in 2009? There are two zeros. 09 is in the left, get rid of it, and also get rid of the zero in 20. It will give you 29, 2 and 9. The sum of 29, 2 and 9 is 40 which is 40th anniversary of Nationalist Movement Party." [7]

Controversies

In 2015 a Uighur staffed, Turkish owned Chinese restaurant was assaulted by Turkish nationalists; they also attacked the Dutch consulate, mistaking it for the Russian consulate, [8] [9] and assaulted several South Korean tourists, believing them to be Chinese. Devlet Bahçeli said that the attacks by MHP affiliated Turkish youth on South Korean tourists was "understandable", telling the Turkish news paper Hürriyet that: "What feature differentiates a Korean from a Chinese? They see that they both have slanted eyes. How can they tell the difference?". [10] Another translation of his remarks was : "What is the difference between a Korean and a Chinese anyway? They both have slitty eyes. Does it make any difference?" [11] [12]

He accused Russia for the Turkish soldiers, who were shot in an accident by Russian fighter planes in 2017. He said; "Russia shoots our soldiers, then disgusts them. This is a mistaken, shameful, international law said to count". [13]

He has close ties to mafia boss Alaattin Çakıcı who he visited in prison, [14] and for who he demanded a general amnesty. The demand was denied though by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. [15]

After an amassing of Greek and Turkish troops at the border amid rising tensions between the two countries, Bahçeli accused Greek defense minister Panos Kammenos of being mentally ill saying that "visiting a clinic" among other insults. [16]

Also, he has stated that the Armenian Genocide and subsequent deportation of Armenians from their historic and indigenous homelands was an "absolutely correct" act. [17] [18]

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