Beşir Atalay

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Beşir Atalay
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Atalay (R) and Russian minister Rashid Nurgaliyev signing agreements
First Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey
In office
14 July 2011 – 29 August 2014
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Preceded by Cemil Çiçek
Succeeded by Numan Kurtulmuş
Minister of the Interior
In office
28 August 2007 – 14 July 2011
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Preceded by Abdülkadir Aksu
Succeeded by İdris Naim Şahin
Personal details
Born (1947-01-15) 15 January 1947 (age 67)
Keskin, Turkey
Political party Justice and Development Party
Alma mater Keskin
Religion Sunni Islam
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Beşir Atalay (pronounced [beʃiɾ ˈataɫaj]; born 1947) is a Turkish politician who had been Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey in the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan from 2011 to 2014. Previously he was Minister of the Interior from 28 August 2007 to 14 July 2011.

Early years and academic career[edit]

Born in Keskin, Kırıkkale Province, he graduated from the Faculty of Law at Ankara University and worked as a lecturer at Erzurum Atatürk University. He then worked at the State Planning Organization (DPT), Marmara University, and UNESCO's Turkish National Commission. Atalay was the founding rector of Kırıkkale University until he was removed from office by the Board of Higher Education (YÖK).

Political career[edit]

He became a minister of state in Erdoğan's first cabinet following President Ahmet Necdet Sezer's veto of a proposal to appoint Atalay as minister of education. Then in August 2007 he was promoted to interior minister, one of the few cabinet changes following the re-election of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that summer, and also following Sezer's retirement from the presidency.

Personal life[edit]

Beşir Atalay is married to Yıldız Atalay and has three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Abdülkadir Aksu
Minister of the Interior
2007–2011
Succeeded by
İdris Naim Şahin
Preceded by
Cemil Çiçek
First Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey
2011–present
Incumbent