Bülent Arınç

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Bülent Arınç
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Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey
Assumed office
1 May 2009
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Ahmet Davutoğlu
Serving with Cemil Çiçek (2009-2011)
Ali Babacan (2009- )
Beşir Atalay (2011-2014)
Bekir Bozdağ (2011-2013)
Emrullah İşler (2013-2014)
Numan Kurtulmuş (2014- )
Yalçın Akdoğan (2014- )
Preceded by Hayati Yazıcı
Speaker of the Grand National Assembly
In office
19 November 2002 – 22 July 2007
Preceded by Ömer İzgi
Succeeded by Köksal Toptan
Member of the Grand National Assembly
Assumed office
24 December 1995
Constituency Manisa (1995, 1999, 2002, 2007)

Bursa (2011)

Personal details
Born (1948-05-25) 25 May 1948 (age 66)
Bursa, Turkey
Political party Welfare Party (Before 1997)
Virtue Party (1997–2001)
Justice and Development Party (2001–present)
Spouse(s) Münevver Arınç
Children Mehmet Fatih
Alma mater Ankara University
Religion Sunni Islam

Bülent Arınç (Turkish pronunciation: [byˈlænt aˈɾɯntʃ]; born 25 May 1948) is a conservative Turkish politician. He served as the 22nd Speaker of the Parliament of Turkey from 2002 to 2007. He serves as a Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey since 2009.

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 and the 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]

In 2014, Arınç stated women should not laugh out loud in public during a speech about “moral corruption” at an Eid al-Fitr holiday gathering:[6][7]She will not laugh in public. She will not be inviting in her attitudes and will protect her chasteness.” When asked to explain his comments, he suggested that women "leave their husbands at home, and go to vacation with their lovers" and that they "can't wait to climb poles when they see someone", referring to women who pole dance while on holiday. Both comments were widely ridiculed in social media.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Bülent Arınç is married and has two children. His third child, a son, was killed in a traffic accident in 1997.[10]


  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. ^ "Women should not laugh in public, Turkish deputy PM says". Hurriyet. 29 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Wagner, Meg (30 July 2014). "Turkish women share smiling selfies after politician tells them not to laugh out loud". New York Daily News. 
  8. ^ Letsch, Constanze (30 July 2014). "Turkish women defy deputy PM with laughter". The Guardian. 
  9. ^ Smith, Alexander (31 July 2014). "Turkish Deputy PM Turns Ire From Laughing Women to Pole-Dancing". NBC News. 
  10. ^ "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
Succeeded by
Köksal Toptan
Preceded by
Hayati Yazıcı
Third Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey