Hasan Celal Güzel

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Hasan Celal Güzel
Hasan Celal Güzel.jpg
Minister of Education, Youth and Sport
In office
21 April 1987 – 30 March 1989
Preceded byMetin Emiroğlu
Succeeded byAvni Akyol (Education)
İsmet Özarslan (Youth and Sport)
Personal details
Born1945 (1945)
Gaziantep, Turkey
Died (aged 73)
Ankara, Turkey
Political partyMotherland Party
Rebirth Party

Hasan Celal Güzel (1945 – 19 March 2018)[1] was a Turkish journalist and politician. He was Minister of Education, Youth and Sport (1987–1989).[2] He was leader of the Rebirth Party in the 1990s, a party he co-founded in 1992. He has been a columnist for Radikal and Vatan.


After graduating from Ankara University with a degree in economics he worked in the State Planning Organization, and then in various administrative roles in the government including in the Prime Minister's office.[2]

In a 1986 election he was elected to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey for the Motherland Party, serving as a minister of state. He was re-elected in the 1987 elections and was appointed minister of education, youth and sport (1987 - 1989).[2]

On 23 November 1992 Güzel co-founded the Rebirth Party (YDP) and was elected its vice-chair.[2] He was the leader of the party during the 1994 Turkish local elections and 1999.

In 2012 Güzel said that General Teoman Koman had approached him in September 1996 with a view to installing him or Mesut Yılmaz as prime minister after a planned coup. Güzel declined to get involved.[3][4] In the event, Yılmaz was appointed Prime Minister after the 28 February 1997 "post-modern coup".


  1. ^ http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/gundem/son-dakika-hasan-celal-guzel-vefat-etti-40776757
  2. ^ a b c d "Hasan Celal Güzel (1945 - ..." (in Turkish). kimkimdir. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Güzel: Coup plotters planned to appoint me as prime minister after Feb. 28". Today's Zaman. 1 November 2012. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Teoman Koman darbeyi Eylül 1996'da söyledi". Sabah (in Turkish). 1 November 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2013.