Hasan Saka

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Hasan Saka
Hasan Husnu Saka.jpg
7th Prime Minister of Turkey
In office
10 September 1947 16 January 1949
President İsmet İnönü
Preceded by Recep Peker
Succeeded by Şemsettin Günaltay
Member of the Grand National Assembly
In office
28 June 1923 2 May 1954
Constituency Trabzon (1923, 1927, 1931, 1935, 1939, 1943, 1946, 1950)
Personal details
Trabzon, Ottoman Empire
Died29 July 1960(1960-07-29) (aged 74–75)
Istanbul, Turkey
Political party Republican People's Party
Alma mater Mekteb-i Mülkiye

Hasan Saka (1885, Akçaabat 29 July 1960) was a Turkish politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Prime Minister of Turkey.

Akçaabat Town in Karadeniz, Turkey

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Political career

Hasan Saka in the 1920s Hasan Husnu Bey Saka.jpg
Hasan Saka in the 1920s

He graduated from "Mülkiye Mektebi" (School of Civil Service) in 1908. Hasan Saka started working for government in "Divan-ı Muhasebat" (Council of Accounts). He was sent to France for further education by the Ottoman government in 1909. After graduating from the School of Political Science with a Diplomacy major, he returned home to continue his prior job.

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Ottoman Empire Former empire in Asia, Europe and Africa

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He was elected as a member of the Ottoman Parliament in Istanbul at its last term and kept his position until the parliament was closed. He was elected as a member of Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) from Trabzon at its first term on 28 January 1921.

Istanbul Metropolitan municipality in Marmara, Turkey

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Trabzon Metropolitan municipality in Turkey

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Saka was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs on 13 September 1944. He quit this position on 9 September 1947 when the entire cabinet resigned.

He was appointed as Prime Minister on 10 September 1947. He resigned on 9 September 1949 but continued to be a member of parliament. His political life ended in 1954 when he decided not to run for the parliament again.

He died on 29 July 1960 in Istanbul, and was laid to rest at the Zincirlikuyu Cemetery.

Zincirlikuyu Cemetery burial ground in the European part of Istanbul, Turkey

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Political offices
Preceded by
Abdülhalik Renda
Minister of Finance
3 March 1925 – 13 July 1926
Succeeded by
Abdülhalik Renda
Preceded by
Numan Menemencioğlu
Minister of Foreign Affairs
13 September 1944 – 10 September 1947
Succeeded by
Necmettin Sadak
Preceded by
Münir Birsel
Minister of National Defence (acting)
5 June 1948 – 10 June 1948
Succeeded by
Hüseyin Hüsnü Çakır
Preceded by
Mehmet Recep Peker
Prime Minister of Turkey
10 September 1947 – 16 January 1949
Succeeded by
Şemsettin Günaltay