Beşir Atalay

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Beşir Atalay

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Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey
In office
14 July 2011 – 29 August 2014
Prime MinisterRecep Tayyip Erdoğan
Serving withBülent Arınç
Ali Babacan
Bekir Bozdağ
Emrullah İşler
Preceded byCemil Çiçek
Succeeded byNuman Kurtulmuş
Minister of the Interior
In office
28 August 2007 – 14 July 2011
Prime MinisterRecep Tayyip Erdoğan
Preceded byAbdülkadir Aksu
Succeeded byİdris Naim Şahin
Member of the Grand National Assembly
Assumed office
1 November 2015
ConstituencyVan (Nov 2015)
In office
3 November 2002 – 7 June 2015
ConstituencyAnkara (II) (2002, 2007)
Kırıkkale (2011)
Personal details
Born (1947-01-15) 15 January 1947 (age 73)
Keskin, Turkey
Political partyJustice and Development Party
Alma materAnkara University

Beşir Atalay (pronounced [beʃiɾ ˈataɫaj]; born 1947) is a Turkish politician who was 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. He is a member of the Community of İskenderpaşa, a Turkish sufistic community of Naqshbandi tariqah.[1]



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