Recai Kutan

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Mehmet Recai Kutan in July 2009.

Mehmet Recai Kutan (born 1930, Malatya) is a Turkish politician and the former leader of Felicity Party (SP).

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Kutan graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Department of Civil Engineering in 1952. Until 1973, he worked as an engineer in various projects including the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP). His political career started 1973 in National Salvation Party and after 1983 he served in Welfare Party. He was Minister of Energy in 1996 in a coalition led by Welfare Party.

At the 3rd party congress held on 26 October 2008 in Ankara, he did not run for his re-election as the leader of the Felicity Party, and was succeeded by Numan Kurtulmuş.[1] He is a member of the Community of İskenderpaşa, a Turkish sufistic community of the Naqshbandi tariqah.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Erol Tuncer
Minister of Public Works and Housing of Turkey
1977–1978
Succeeded by
Ahmet Karaaslan
Preceded by
Hüsnü Doğan
Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey
1996–1997
Succeeded by
Cumhur Ersümer
Party political offices
Preceded by
İsmail Alptekin
Leader of the Virtue Party (FP)
1998–2001
Succeeded by
banned
Preceded by
newly founded
Leader of the Felicity Party (SP)
20 July 2001–11 May 2003
Succeeded by
Necmettin Erbakan
Preceded by
Necmettin Erbakan
Leader of the Felicity Party (SP)
9 April 2006–26 October 2008
Succeeded by
Numan Kurtulmuş