Ferit Melen

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Ferit Melen
14th Prime Minister of Turkey
In office
22 May 1972 – 15 April 1973
PresidentCevdet Sunay
Fahri Korutürk
Preceded byNihat Erim
Succeeded byNaim Talu
Minister of National Defence
In office
26 March 1971 – 22 May 1972
Prime MinisterNaim Talu
Preceded byAhmet Topaloğlu
Succeeded byMehmet İzmen
In office
31 March 1975 – 21 June 1977
Prime MinisterSüleyman Demirel
Preceded byİlhami Sancar
Succeeded byHasan Esat Işık
Minister of Finance
In office
25 June 1962 – 20 February 1965
Prime Ministerİsmet İnönü
Preceded byŞefik İnan
Succeeded byİhsan Gürsan
Member of the Grand National Assembly
In office
6 November 1983 – 29 November 1987
In office
27 October 1957 – 27 May 1960
In office
14 May 1950 – 2 May 1954
ConstituencyVan (1950, 1957, 1983)
Personal details
Van, Turkey
Died3 September 1988 (aged 82)
Political partyRepublican People's Party (1950-1967)
Reliance Party (1967-1971)
National Reliance Party (1973-1973)
Republican Reliance Party (1973-1980)
Nationalist Democracy Party (1983–1986)
ChildrenOlcay Melen
Mithat Melen
Alma materAnkara University

Ferit Sadi Melen (1906 in Van – September 3, 1988 in Ankara) was a Turkish civil servant, politician and Prime Minister of Turkey.


After graduating from high school in Bursa, he obtained a degree in finance from the School of Political Science at Ankara University in 1931. Ferit Melen entered the state service right after his graduation, and was sent to Paris, France for an internship at the Ministry of Finance there. After one year, he returned home and worked in several services of the Ministry of Finance as an inspector. In 1943, he was promoted to general director in the ministry.

Ferit Melen entered politics as a deputy from Van Province from the Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi ("Republican People's Party") following the 1950 general election. After the end of the legislative term, he did not run for the parliament in the 1954 election, and he returned to his profession to work as a chartered accountant. He practiced until his retirement in 1959. In 1957, he was elected once again to the parliament as deputy from Van.

Ferit Melen was minister of finance in the two cabinets of İsmet İnönü between June 25, 1962 and February 20, 1965 in the 27th and 28th governments without affiliation to the parliament. He left his party CHP along with 47 other colleagues to co-found on May 12, 1967 "Güven Partisi" GP ("Reliance Party"), which was renamed "Cumhuriyetçi Güven Partisi" CGP (Republican Reliance Party) after merging with "Cumhuriyetçi Parti" CP ("Republican Party") on February 28, 1973. He served also minister of national defense in the two cabinets of Nihat Erim from March 26, 1971 to May 22, 1972. Following the resignation of Nihat Erim, he was appointed prime minister of a military-approved coalition government that lasted until April 15, 1973. Between March 31, 1975 and June 21, 1977, he served a second time as minister of national defense in the cabinet of Süleyman Demirel.

In the time from June 7, 1964 to October 14, 1979, Ferit Melen was a member of the senate representing Van Province. On July 12, 1980, he was appointed again senator that ended on September 12, 1980 with the military coup. Ferit Melen was elected to Turkish Grand National Assembly in the 1983 elections as a candidate of the Nationalist Democracy Party (MDP).

He was succeeded by his son Mithat Melen, a former high ranked civil servant and academics, who in 2002 tried to enter politics by "Milliyetçi Hareket Partisi" MHP ("Nationalist Movement Party").

The airport of Van is named after him.


Political offices
Preceded by
Osman Şefik İnan
Minister of Finance of Turkey
June 25, 1962–February 20, 1965
Succeeded by
İhsan Gürsan
Preceded by
Ahmet Topaloğlu
Minister of National Defence of Turkey
Mar 26, 1971–May 22, 1972
Succeeded by
Mehmet İzmen
Preceded by
Nihat Erim
Prime Minister of Turkey
May 22, 1972–Apr 15, 1973
Succeeded by
Naim Talu
Preceded by
İlhami Sancar
Minister of National Defence of Turkey
Mar 31, 1975–June 21, 1977
Succeeded by
Hasan Esat Işık