Ahmet Arslan (politician)
|4th Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication|
24 May 2016 – 10 July 2018
|Prime Minister||Binali Yıldırım|
|Preceded by||Binali Yıldırım|
|Member of the Grand National Assembly|
Assumed office |
1 November 2015
|Constituency||Kars (Nov 2015)|
2 June 1962|
Kağızman, Kars Province, Turkey
|Political party||Justice and Development Party|
|Alma mater||İstanbul Technical University|
Ahmet Arslan (born 2 June 1962) is a Turkish politician from the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) who currently serves as the Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication since 24 May 2016. He is a Member of Parliament for the electoral district of Kars, having first been elected in the November 2015 general election.
Early life and career
Ahmet Arslan was born on 2 June 1962 in the district of Kağızman, Kars Province. He graduated from the National Security Academy and the İstanbul Technical University School of Maritime as a Shipping Construction and Mechanical Engineer. He later became a civil servant, first joining the Maritime Undersecretariat as a Department Manager and Deputy General Manager. He went on to serve at the Ministry of Transport as the Director of the General Directorate of Rail, Ports and Airport Construction (DLH). He also served as an executive board member of the General Directorate of State Airports Authority (DHMİ).
Arslan worked in the private sector for seven years, taking on numerous roles. He also worked at the Pendik Shipyard in İstanbul. He was also a member of the executive boards of TTNET and the Türk Loydu Foundation, while serving on the supervisory board of Türksat. He also served as a member of the Maritime Assembly at the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB).
During his early career, he was given the 'Turkish World Engineering Award' and became an honorary Professor, while also receiving the '2010 Annual Bureaucrats who turn negatives into positives' award.
Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication
Arslan was elected as a Member of Parliament for the electoral district of Kars from the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in the November 2015 general election. Following the resignation of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu in May 2016, the AK Party held an Extraordinary Congress on 22 May to elect his successor as leader. Serving Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication Binali Yıldırım was elected unopposed and formed the 65th government of Turkey on 24 May 2016, appointing Arslan as his successor as Transport Minister.
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