Naim Talu

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Naim Talu
15th Prime Minister of Turkey
In office
15 April 1973 26 January 1974
President Fahri Korutürk
Preceded by Ferit Melen
Succeeded by Bülent Ecevit
Minister of Trade of Turkey
In office
22 May 1972 15 April 1973
Prime Minister Ferit Melen
Minister of Trade of Turkey
In office
11 December 1971 22 May 1972
Prime Minister Nihat Erim
Governor of the Central Bank of Turkey
In office
14 July 1967 11 December 1971
Personal details
Born(1919-07-22)22 July 1919
Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
Died 15 May 1998(1998-05-15) (aged 78)
Istanbul, Turkey
Resting place Zincirlikuyu Cemetery, Istanbul
Nationality Turkish
Spouse(s) Gevher Talu
Children 2
Alma mater Istanbul University
Profession Economist

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Naim Talu was born in Istanbul in 1919. He was educated at Kabataş Erkek Lisesi. After graduating with a degree in economics from Istanbul University in 1943, he worked for a while in Sümerbank, a state owned textile company. He transferred to the Central Bank of Turkey in 1946. He became the general director of the bank in 1967 after serving one year as deputy. Following the reorganization of the Central Bank in 1970, he was appointed Governor of this institution. He died in Istanbul in 1998.

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Political career

Naim Talu started his political career in 1971 by appointment to the ministry of trade in the second Erim cabinet. He kept his post also in the cabinet of Melen until President Cevdet Sunay admitted him to the Senate in 1972. Commissioned by President Fahri Korutürk following the resignation of Prime Minister Ferit Melen, he formed the 36th government on 15 April 1973 in consensus of the Justice Party with the Republican Reliance Party. His caretaker government lasted beyond the general elections in 1973, which did not set a clear majority for any party. With the forming of a coalition cabinet of the Republican People’s Party along with the National Salvation Party under Bülent Ecevit on 26 January 1974, Talu’s prime ministry ended. His membership in the Senate continued until 1976.

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Naim Talu was a member of the board of Akbank, one of Turkey’s largest banks, between 1974 and 1976, prior to his appointment as the chairman, which lasted until shortly before his death in 1998. He served the same period as a member of the board of trustees of the Sabancı Foundation VakSA.

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He was survived by his wife Gevher Talu and his two daughters Tülin Talu and Füsun San.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Ziyaettin Kayla
Governor of the Central Bank of Turkey
14 July 196711 December 1971
Succeeded by
Memduh Güpgüpoğlu
Political offices
Preceded by
Ferit Melen
Prime Minister of Turkey
15 April 197326 January 1974
Succeeded by
Bülent Ecevit