Aydın Menderes

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Aydın Menderes
Born (1946-05-05) 5 May 1946 (age 74)
Ankara, Turkey
Died23 December 2011(2011-12-23) (aged 65)
Ankara, Turkey
Alma materAnkara Academy of Commerce and Economics
Years active1970–2002
Home townAydın
Political party1970-1977 Democratic Party (DP)
1977-1980 Justice Party (AP)
1993-1994 Great Change Party (BDP)
1994-1995 Democrat Party (DP)
1995-1998 Welfare Party (RP)
1998-1999 Virtue Party (FP)
2002-2007 True Path Party (DYP)
2007-2009 Democratic Party (DP)
Spouse(s)Ümran Menderes
Parent(s)Adnan Menderes
Berin Menderes

Aydın Menderes (5 May 1946 – 23 December 2011) was a Turkish politician. He was a deputy, who represented various parties from 1977 to 2002. He was the youngest son of former prime minister Adnan Menderes.[1][2]


Menderes was born in 1946 as the third son of Adnan and Berrin Menders in Ankara. His father, who was prime minister since 1950 in office, was ousted by the 1960 military coup, tried and executed in 1961 along with two other government ministers.[2][3]

Following completion of his secondary education at the TED Ankara College in 1964, he attended Ankara Academy of Commerce and Economics, graduating in 1968. He entered trade business first, switched over to politics in 1970. In 1976, Aydın Menderes completed his military service at Iskenderun.[3]

His brother Yüksel committed suicide in 1972, and the other brother Mutlu died in a traffic accident in 1978. Aydın Menderes became crippled following a traffic accident in 1996, and was dependent on wheelchair since then.[2]

He died on 23 December 2011 in a hospital in Ankara, where was treated for a long time. He was survived by his wife Ümran, whom he married to in 1991.[3]

Politics career[edit]

Aydın Menders entered politics as the leader of Democtraic Party's Aydın Province organization in 1970. Following the 1977 general election, he entered the parliament as deputy of Konya Province from the Justice Party (AP).[1]

He was among the politicians, who were banned from the active politics for a time of ten-years after the 1980 military coup. In 1993, he established the "Great Change Party" (BDP) and became its leader. In 1994, his party merged into the Democrat Party (DP), which was relaunched in 1992 after its closure in 1980. Aydın Menderes was elected its leader and served at this post until 1995.[1][3]

at the 1995 general election, he was elected Deputy of Istanbul from the Islamist Welfare Party (RP). The next year, he became deputy party leader. After the bann of the party in 1998, Aydın Menderes shifted to Virtue Party (FP), another Islamist party, and was elected deputy of Istanbul Province at the 1999 general election. After a while, he resigned from the Virtue Party.[1][3]

In the 2002 general election, he ran for a seat in the parliament from the True Path Party (DYP) in Aydın. However, the DYP failed to gain any seat in the parliament. In 2007, the DYP and the Motherland Party (ANAP) merged to form and to revive the historical Democratic Party (DP). Aydın Menderes quit the politics after Hüsamettin Cindoruk became leader of the party in May 2009.[1][3]

Writing career[edit]

In 2003, Aydın Menderes began to write for the newspaper Tercüman. He wrote later columns for the daily Yeni Asır.

Between 1987 and 2005, he published books on his political thoughts.


  • Tarihte Bir Yolculuk (1987), Dergah Yayınları
  • Aydın Menderes ve Siyasette Yeni Yönelişler (1992), Dergah Yayınları (Söyleyişlerinden bir secme)
  • Yirmibirinci Yüzyıla Girerken Dünya ve Türkiye (1995, Demokrat Parti Yayınları
  • Yirmibirinci Yüzyıla Girerken Demokrat Partinin Misyonu, Demokrat Parti Yayınları)
  • Gelenekten Güncele (1999), Gün Yayıncılık
  • Devletin Alınyazısı (2005), Kızılelma Yayınları


  1. ^ a b c d e Former Deputy Aydin Menderes Passes Away Turkish Weekly, 24 December 2011
  2. ^ a b c Farewell to Aydın Menderes Archived December 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine Today's Zaman, 25 December 2011
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Son oğul Aydın Menderes vefat etti". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 24 December 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2012.