Efkan Ala

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Efkan Ala
Efkan Âlâ.jpg
Minister of the Interior
Assumed office
25 December 2013
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Ahmet Davutoğlu
Preceded by Muammer Güler
Undersecretary to the Prime Minister of Turkey
In office
10 October 2007 – 25 December 2013
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Preceded by Mehmet Emin Zararsız
Succeeded by Fahri Kasırga
Governor of Diyarbakır Province
In office
14 September 2004 – 10 September 2007
Preceded by Nusret Miroğlu
Succeeded by Hüseyin Avni Mutlu
Governor of Batman Province
In office
2003 – 14 September 2004
Preceded by İsa Parlak
Succeeded by Haluk İmga
Personal details
Born 1965 (age 49–50)
Oltu, Erzurum Province, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Alma mater Istanbul University
Occupation Politician, civil servant

Efkan Ala (born 1965) is a Turkish politician and the current Minister of the Interior under Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's government, despite not being a member of parliament. Previously, he served as the governor of Diyarbakır and Batman Provinces and as the undersecretary to the prime minister.

Early life[edit]

Efkan Ala was born in the township of Oltu in Erzurum Province in 1965. He studied Political Science at Istanbul University, graduating in 1987.[1] He went to Torqey language school in England in 1989-1990.


Civil service[edit]

In 1988, he began his civil service career as a district governor trainee. After working two years at the governor's office in Sakarya Province, and a one-year professional study in the United Kingdom, he became a district governor, and served two years in each townships of Dernekpazarı, Trabzon and Kabataş, Ordu. Ala was appointed Deputy Province Governor in Tunceli.[1][2]

After serving at various positions in different ministries, he was made the governor of Batman Province in 2003, where he served one year. On 14 September 2004, he was appointed as the governor of Diyarbakır Province on 14 September 2004, where he stayed until 2007.[1][2]

On 10 September 2007, Ala became the prime minister's undersecretary.[1][2]

Minister of the Interior[edit]

On 25 December 2013, then-Minister of the Interior Muammer Güler stepped down along with two of other cabinet members following a corruption investigation, which involved his son.[3] The same day, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced his cabinet reshuffle with ten new names.[3][4][5][6][7] The next day, on 26 December, Efkan Ala assumed office as the Minister of the Interior[1][2][6] as a non-member of the parliament, a move that was sharply criticized by some MPs of the prime minister's own Justice and Development Party (AKP) as well as by the leadership of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP).[4][8]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Oltulu Efkan Ala İçişleri Bakanı Oldu!". Oltu Medya (in Turkish). 2013-12-26. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  2. ^ a b c d "İşte yeni bakanların özgeçmişi". Radikal (in Turkish). 2013-12-26. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  3. ^ a b "Üç bakan istifa etti". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2013-12-25. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  4. ^ a b "Turkish prosecutor taken off graft case that has shaken government". The National. 26 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Yılmazi Turan & Esra Kaya (2013-12-26). "Kabinede 10 değişiklik". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2013-12-28. 
  6. ^ a b "PM Erdoğan announces new Cabinet with 10 changes amid graft probe". Hürriyet Daily News. 2013-12-25. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  7. ^ "PM Erdoğan announces 10 new names in major Cabinet reshuffle". Today's Zaman. 2013-12-25. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  8. ^ "AKP'de dışardan atanan bakana 'içerden' sert tepki". Radikal (in Turkish). 2013-12-26. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
Political offices
Preceded by
İsa Parlak
Governor of Batman Province
2003 – 14 September 2004
Succeeded by
Haluk İmga
Preceded by
Nusret Miroğlu
Governor of Diyarbakır Province
14 September 2004 – 10 September 2007
Succeeded by
Hüseyin Avni Mutlu
Preceded by
Mehmet Emin Zararsız
Prime Ministry's Undersecretary
10 October 2007 – 25 December 2013
Succeeded by
Fahri Kasırga
Preceded by
Muammer Güler
Minister of the Interior
25 December 2013 – present