Bülent Arınç

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Bülent Arınç
Bulent Arinc 2014.jpg
Arınç speaking at Chatham House in 2014
Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey
Assumed office
1 May 2009
Serving with Ali Babacan and Cemil Çiçek
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Preceded by Hayati Yazıcı
Speaker of the Parliament of Turkey
In office
19 November 2002 – 22 July 2007
President Ahmet Necdet Sezer
Preceded by Ömer İzgi
Succeeded by Köksal Toptan
Personal details
Born (1948-05-25) 25 May 1948 (age 66)
Bursa, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Political party Justice and Development Party (Turkey)
Spouse(s) Münevver Arınç
Children Mehmet Fatih (died 1997), Ayşenur, Mücahit
Religion Sunni Islam

Bülent Arınç (Turkish pronunciation: [byˈlænt aˈɾɯntʃ]; born 25 May 1948) is a conservative Turkish politician. He served as the 22nd house speaker of the Parliament of Turkey from 2002 to 2007. He is one of the State Ministers of Turkey and Vice-Prime Minister.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born on 25 May 1948 in Bursa, Turkey.[1] After finishing high school in Manisa, Bülent Arınç attended University of Ankara, earning a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1970.[1] After his graduation, he worked as a freelance lawyer in Manisa.[1]

Entry into politics[edit]

Already interested in politics during his university years, Bülent Arınç ran for the deputy of Manisa in the 1995 general elections, and entered the Turkish Grand National Assembly from the Welfare Party (Turkish: Refah Partisi).[1] He became also a member of the board of his party, and served in the parliament’s justice commission.[1]

Following the closing of the Welfare Party by the Constitutional Court of Turkey on February 15, 1998, he transferred to the Virtue Party (Turkish: Fazilet Partisi). Arınç was elected in the 1999 general elections as deputy of Manisa, this time from the Virtue Party.[1] He became a member of the foreign affairs commission of the parliament.[1]

The constitutional court closed the Virtue Party on June 22, 2001.[1] Bülent Arınç, along with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, co-founded the Justice and Development Party (Turkish: Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi) the same year on August 14.[2] He was appointed speaker of his party’s group in the parliament.[1]

Bülent Arınç was elected the third time deputy of Manisa in the general elections held on November 3, 2002. On November 19, 2002, he was elected Speaker of the Parliament.[3] On May 1, 2009 he was appointed as State Minister Responsible for Foundations en TRT and Deputy Prime Minister in the second cabinet of Erdoğan.[4]


Arınç refers to the Hagia Sophia as a mosque, which has angered the Greek government. He wishes to see it reconverted from a museum into a functioning mosque.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Bülent Arınç is married and has two children. His third child, a son, was killed in a traffic accident in 1997.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "TBMM'nin yeni başkanı Arınç" (in Turkish). Radikal.com.tr. 19 November 2002. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Meclis'in 6. partisi" (in Turkish). Zaman.com.tr. 15 August 2001. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "İlk turda başkan" (in Turkish). Hurriyet.com.tr. 20 November 2002. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Erdoğan announces major Cabinet reshuffle". Todayszaman.com. 1 May 2007. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/greece-angered-over-turkish-deputy-pms-hagia-sophia-remarks.aspx?PageID=238&NID=58153&NewsCatID=351
  6. ^ "RP'li Arınç'ın acı günü". Hurriyet (in Turkish). 14 September 1997. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ömer İzgi
Speaker of the Parliament of Turkey
Nov 19, 2002–Jul 22, 2007
Succeeded by
Köksal Toptan
Preceded by
Hayati Yazıcı
Nazım Ekren
Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey
with Cemil Çiçek and Ali Babacan

May 1, 2009–present
Succeeded by