Derviş Eroğlu

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Derviş Eroğlu
Derviş Eroğlu.jpg
3rd President of Northern Cyprus
In office
23 April 2010 – 30 April 2015
Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün (Acting)
İrsen Küçük
Sibel Siber
Özkan Yorgancıoğlu
Preceded by Mehmet Ali Talat
Succeeded by Mustafa Akıncı
Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus
In office
5 May 2009 – 23 April 2010
President Mehmet Ali Talat
Preceded by Ferdi Sabit Soyer
Succeeded by Hüseyin Özgürgün (Acting)
In office
16 August 1996 – 13 January 2004
President Rauf Denktaş
Preceded by Hakkı Atun
Succeeded by Mehmet Ali Talat
In office
19 July 1985 – 1 January 1994
President Rauf Denktaş
Preceded by Mustafa Çağatay
Succeeded by Hakkı Atun
Personal details
Born 1938 (age 76–77)
Famagusta, Cyprus
Political party National Unity Party
Spouse(s) Meral Eroğlu
Alma mater Istanbul University

Derviş Eroğlu (born 1938) is a Turkish Cypriot politician, who served as the third President of Northern Cyprus.[1][2] Previously, he was Prime Minister (1985–94, 1996–2004 and again 2009–10) and twice-leader of the National Unity Party. He became President on 23 April 2010,[3] serving until 30 April 2015.

Early life and education[edit]

Eroğlu was born in Famagusta in 1938. He studied medicine at Istanbul University, graduating in 1963. He later specialised in urology.[4]

Politics[edit]

Eroğlu entered the Assembly of the Republic of the then-Turkish Federated State of Northern Cyprus in 1976, serving as Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports during 1976–77. He served as member of the de facto Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Constituent Assembly in November 1983.[5] As the leader of the National Unity Party (UBP), he was appointed Prime Minister in four successive governments between 1985 and 1993 (he was opposition leader between 1994 and 1996), and from 1996 until his party lost the general election to the Republican Turkish Party under Mehmet Ali Talat in 2004. Eroğlu's UBP won the majority of seats in the legislative election of 18 April 2009, and Eroğlu became Prime Minister again.[6]

On 21 November 2005, Eroğlu resigned as leader of the UBP, stating that "it was time for younger blood to take control", but was re-elected to the chair in November 2008.[7] Eroğlu was elected to the office of President of Northern Cyprus on 18 April 2010. Because the UN does not recognize the TRNC, it regards Derviş Eroğlu as bona fide negotiator for the Turkish Cypriot community of the Republic of Cyprus.

In the 2015 general elections, he was defeated by Mustafa Akıncı.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Northern Cyprus's new president: Enter Eroglu (The Economist) Retrieved on 1 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Derviş Eroğlu". Biyografi.info. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "New TRNC President Eroglu to Take Oath on Friday". Ankara: Turkish Weekly. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Aljazeera Profile: Dervis Eroglu
  5. ^ "Kim Kimdir?™ Biyografi Bankası - FORSNET". Kimkimdir.gen.tr. 4 December 2007. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Derviş*Eroğlu (kimdir - hakkında)". Cep-x.com. 26 August 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Kuzey Kibris Tăœrk Cumhuriyeti Başbakanliği". Kktcbasbakanlik.org. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Turkish Cypriots elect new leader for breakaway enclave". Yahoo News. 26 April 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Leftist Akinci wins north Cyprus election, seeking peace deal". Reuters UK. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mustafa Çağatay
Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus
1985–1994
Succeeded by
Hakkı Atun
Preceded by
Hakkı Atun
Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus
1996–2004
Succeeded by
Mehmet Ali Talat
Preceded by
Ferdi Sabit Soyer
Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus
2009–2010
Succeeded by
Hüseyin Özgürgün
Acting
Preceded by
Mehmet Ali Talat
President of Northern Cyprus
2010–2015
Succeeded by
Mustafa Akıncı