Özkan Yorgancıoğlu

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Özkan Yorgancıoğlu
Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus
Assumed office
2 September 2013
President Derviş Eroğlu
Preceded by Sibel Siber
Personal details
Born 1954 (age 59–60)
Lempa, Cyprus
Political party Republican Turkish Party
Alma mater Istanbul University

Özkan Yorgancıoğlu (born 1954) is a Turkish Cypriot politician who has been Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) since 2 September 2013. He is also the leader of the Republican Turkish Party.

Early life and education[edit]

Yorgancıoğlu was born in 1954 in Lempa, a village in Paphos, the westernmost district of Cyprus, which was, at the time, a British crown colony. He studied at Istanbul University's Department of Economics and Public Finance, receiving his degree in Political Science in 1980.[1]

Political career[edit]

On 28 April 2005, Yorgancıoğlu was appointed Minister of Youth and Sports[2] in the cabinet of TRNC Prime Minister (PM) Ferdi Sabit Soyer, who served from April 2005 to May 2009. In 2011, he replaced Soyer as Chairman of the Republican Turkish Party.[3] After his party won the July 2013 legislative election, he became PM, replacing interim PM Sibel Siber on 2 September.[4]


  1. ^ Özkan Yorgancıoğlu biographical details {in Turkish}
  2. ^ Europa World Year, Book 1, (Taylor & Francis Group, 2004), 1393.
  3. ^ de Waele, Jean-Michel; Escalona, Fabien; Vieira, Mathieu, eds. (2013). The Palgrave Handbook of Social Democracy in the European Union. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 70. 
  4. ^ "Handover Ceremonies" (Bayrak Radyo Televizyon Kurumu, 2 September 2013)
Political offices
Preceded by
Sibel Siber
Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus