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|Leader of the Democratic Left Party|
14 November 1985 – 13 September 1987
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Bülent Ecevit|
|Chairman of the Democratic Left People's Party|
January 17, 2010 – June 12, 2010
|Preceded by||Hulki Cevizoğlu|
|Succeeded by||party closed|
|Born||1923 (age 94–95)
|Political party||Democratic Left Party (1985-2009), Democratic Left People's Party (2009-2010), Republican People's Party (2010-)|
|Spouse(s)||Bülent Ecevit (1946-2006)|
|Alma mater||Robert College|
|Profession||Politician, writer & painter|
She was born in Bursa, Turkey to a family from Şebinkarahisar, a town in the northeastern Giresun Province. Her father was Namık Zeki Aral, and her mother Zahide Aral. Their family came from Thessaloniki after the population exchange agreement in 1920. Rahşan graduated from the American high school Robert College in İstanbul. She married her classmate Bülent Ecevit in 1946.
Following the military coup in 1980 led by General Kenan Evren, her husband was imprisoned and was suspended from active politics for life. Bülent Ecevit's party, the Republican People's Party (CHP), was closed down. On November 14, 1985, Rahşan founded a centre-left social democratic party, the Democratic Left Party (DSP) and led it until her husband's ban from politics was lifted in 1987.
Rahşan Ecevit was the vice president of the Democratic Left Party and responsible for the party's organization between 1989 and 2004. She became the leader of the new Democratic Left People's Party (DSHP) on January 17, 2010, when the DSP seemed to have no chance anymore to win seats in elections. After Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu had become the leader of the CHP and stopped the right trend she disbanded her new party and with many members joined the now rather social democratic CHP.
On November 5, 2006, she lost her husband following an almost 6-month long medically induced coma.
- "DSHP'de Cevizoğlu gitti, Ecevit geldi" (in Turkish). cnnturk. 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2010-01-17.
|Party political offices|
|Leader of the Democratic Left Party (DSP)
|Leader of the Democratic Left People's Party (DSHP)