Emine Ülker Tarhan

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Emine Ülker Tarhan
Emine Ülker Tarhan, Anatolia Party - Kocaeli (16) (cropped).JPG
Leader of the Anatolia Party
In office
14 November 2014 – 21 December 2015
Deputy Yunus Yunusoğlu
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Position abolished
Parliamentary group leader of the Republican People's Party
In office
30 June 2011 – 26 June 2013
Leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu
Preceded by Kemal Anadol
Succeeded by Engin Altay
Member of the Grand National Assembly
In office
12 June 2011 – 7 June 2015
Constituency Ankara (I) (2011)
Personal details
Born (1963-11-29) 29 November 1963 (age 54)
Tarsus, Mersin Province, Turkey
Political party Republican People's Party (2011-2014)
Anatolia Party (2014-2015)
Alma mater Ankara University

Emine Ülker Tarhan (born 29 November 1963) is a Turkish jurist and politician formerly from the Republican People's Party (CHP). She was formerly a judge at the High Court of Appeals.[1] She served as the vice spokesperson of her party in the parliament before resigning on 31 October 2014.[2] She founded the Anatolia Party on 14 November 2014 and led it until its disestablishment in December 2015.

Tarhan was born in Tarsus, Mersin. She was educated at the Ankara University Law School. After working as a free-lance lawyer, she became a public defender. She served as a judge at the High Court of Appeals.[3]

Tarhan was a founding member of the Judges' and Prosecutors' Association (YARSAV). She served as its secretary general and chairperson.[3]

She joined the Republican People's Party (CHP), and entered the Turkish Grand National Assembly as a deputy from Ankara after the general elections on June 12, 2011.[3]

Tarhan is married and has two children.[3]

She is an outspoken supporter of the 2013 protests and on one occasion sat on the ground to prevent a water cannon vehicle passing, an act for which the pianist Fazıl Say suggested that she take over the leadership of the CHP.[4]

On 31 October 2014, Tarhan resigned from the CHP, citing the weak leadership and the lack of strong electoral prospects as her reason. As a prominent nationalist, her intentions have also been attributed to the more liberal approaches taken by party leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Emine Ülker Tarhan". Türkiye Büyük Millet Meclisi. Retrieved 2011-09-05. 
  2. ^ "Dindarlık ölçme cihazın varsa çıkar da görelim". Habertürk (in Turkish). 2012-02-03. Archived from the original on 2013-01-25. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Emine Ülker Tarhan" (in Turkish). CHP. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  4. ^ "CHP'nin başına Emine Ülker Tarhan geçsin!" (in Turkish). Rotahaber. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  5. ^ "Emine Ülker Tarhan istifa etti". Hurriyet.com.tr. Retrieved 20 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "CHP yönetimine yeni isimler geliyor". Milliyet.com.tr. Retrieved 20 October 2017. 

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