Mümtaz Soysal

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Mümtaz Soysal
Leader of the Independent Republican Party
Assumed office
July 24, 2002
Preceded by Position established
30th Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
July 27, 1994 – November 28, 1994
Prime Minister Tansu Çiller
Preceded by Hikmet Çetin
Succeeded by Murat Karayalçın
Personal details
Born 1929 (age 86–87)
Zonguldak, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Political party Independent Republican Party (BCP)
Other political
Social Democratic Populist Party (SHP)
Alma mater Galatasaray High School, Ankara University
Occupation Academic, politician
Profession Jurist

Mümtaz Soysal (born September 15, 1929 in Zonguldak, Turkey) is a Turkish academic and politician. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey in 1994. He was a member of the Social Democratic People's Party (SHP). He is the founder and the leader of the Turkish Independent Republican Party (BCP) since 2004.

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Sevgi Soysal (till her death in 1976).


He was a Professor of Constitutional Law at Ankara University for many years. He is also one of the founders of Yön, a political magazine founded in 1961.[1] After the 1971 Turkish coup d'état he was detained for some months, and was listed as an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience.[2] In 1974, he became the first former prisoner of conscience to serve on the International Executive Committee of Amnesty International.[3]


  1. ^ Özgür Mutlu Ulus (8 December 2010). The Army and the Radical Left in Turkey: Military Coups, Socialist Revolution and Kemalism. I.B.Tauris. p. 21. ISBN 978-0-85771-880-8. 
  2. ^ Biyografi.net - Biography of Mümtaz Soysal (Turkish)
  3. ^ "The History of Amnesty International". Amnesty International. 2011. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hikmet Çetin
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey
Jul 27, 1994–Nov 28, 1994
Succeeded by
Murat Karayalçın
Party political offices
Preceded by
newly founded
Leader of the Independent Republican Party (BCP)
Jul 24, 2002–present
Succeeded by