|Minister of Culture and Tourism|
29 August 2007 – 24 January 2013
|Prime Minister||Recep Tayyip Erdoğan|
|Preceded by||Atilla Koç|
|Succeeded by||Ömer Çelik|
1 March 1948 |
|Political party||CHP (1977-2004)
|Alma mater||Istanbul University|
Günay graduated from İstanbul University Faculty of Law with a degree of bachelor of laws in 1969. In the election in 1977, he became the youngest member of parliament to be elected to the Turkish Grand National Assembly, as a member of the Republican People's Party (CHP). Within the CHP, he rose to the position of Secretary General in 1992, but was expelled in 2004, following clashes with CHP leader Deniz Baykal.
He joined the AKP (Justice and Development Party) upon his objection to anti-democratic tendencies emerging prior to the elections in 2007. He was elected as a member of parliament from İstanbul in 2007, then re-elected from İzmir in 2011. On 29 August 2007, Günay was appointed Minister of Culture and Tourism.
Günay led some civil initiatives particularly the "Humanitarian Initiative for Bosnia", the "Eastern Conference" and the "New Political Initiative". He is the author of Bosnian Writings and Counter Politics and has numerous published articles and interviews about law and politics as well.
Günay received an honorary PhD degree from Adıyaman University in 2009 for his contributions to the peace and freedom of thought, and other honorary PhD degrees in 2011 from Pamukkale in Denizli, Mustafa Kemal in Antakya and Akdeniz University in Antalya for the protection of cultural heritage and support for studies in archeology.
Günay was awarded with Hungarian Order of Merit from the Hungarian Republic for improving bilateral cultural relations between the two countries, as well as the Grand Decoration of Honour In Gold With Sash by the Republic of Austria, the highest to be bestowed in Turkey.
He is married and is the father of two children.
- "Curriculum Vitae of the Minister of Culture and Tourism Ertuğrul Günay". Retrieved 15 June 2012.[dead link]
- "Ertuğrul Günay, Istanbul – the surprise "transfer"". European Stability Initiative. 2008-07-22. Retrieved 2008-07-22.
- Şenyüz, Selçuk (2012-01-24). "Sürpriz zirve sonrası kabine değişikliği". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2013-01-24.
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