Yalçın Topçu

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Yalçın Topçu
Minister of Culture and Tourism
In office
28 August 2015 – 17 November 2015
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu
Preceded by Ömer Çelik
Succeeded by Mahir Ünal
Leader of the Great Union Party
In office
24 May 2009 – 12 June 2011
Preceded by Muhsin Yazıcıoğlu
Succeeded by Hakkı Öznur
Personal details
Born Yalçın Topçu
1957 (age 59–60)
Ardahan, Turkey
Nationality  Turkey
Political party Independent (2014- )
Great Union Party (BBP) (1992-2014)
Nationalist Labour Party (MÇP) (before 1992)
Occupation Civil servant, politician
Cabinet 63rd

Yalçın Topçu (born 1957) is a Turkish politician and former bureaucrat who served as the Minister of Culture and Tourism in the interim election government formed by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu from 28 August to 17 November 2015. He was formerly the leader of the Great Union Party between 2009 and 2011, resigning after being defeated in the 2011 general election.

Life and early career[edit]

Yalçın Topçu was born in 1957 in Ardahan in eastern Turkey.

Bureaucratic career[edit]

Topçu was a public sector worker before becoming a founding member of the Great Union Party in 1992. In 1996, he returned to his position in the civil service and worked in the Press and Public Relations Undersecretariat to the Prime Ministry of Turkey for 11 years. In 2007, he retired from the civil service while serving as an assistant manager for business.

Political career[edit]

While serving as the district President of the Nationalist Labour Party (MÇP) branch in Mamak, Ankara, Topçu joined 6 MÇP Members of Parliament and resigned from the party on 7 July 2007. He subsequently became a founding member of the Great Union Party (BBP). He later returned to his career in the civil service in 1996. In 2007, he was invited by BBP leader Muhsin Yazıcıoğlu to become the General Secretary of the party, a position to which he was elected in the BBP's 3rd congress in 2007.[1]

After the death of Muhsin Yazıcıoğlu in 2009, Topçu was elected leader of the BBP in the party's 4th congress. He resigned after a defeat in the 2011 general election. In a statement he released on his party's website, Topçu stated that he bore the blame for the party's failure and that there is no word to be said after the people of a democracy had spoken.[2] On 3 February 2014, he resigned from the BBP altogether.[3]

Minister of Culture and Tourism[edit]

After the June 2015 general election resulted in a hung parliament, unsuccessful coalition negotiations raised speculation over whether President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan would call an early election in the event that AKP leader Ahmet Davutoğlu was unable to form a government within the given constitutional time of 45 days. As required by the 114th article of the Constitution of Turkey, the calling of a snap general election by the President necessitates the forming of an interim election government, in which all parties represented in Parliament are given a certain number of ministers according how many MPs they have. If a party refused to send ministers to the interim cabinet, then independents must take their place. As an independent politician, Topçu was appointed as the Minister of Culture and Tourism by Davutoğlu on 28 August 2015, a move which came as a general surprise to many political observers and commentators.[4]

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Muhsin Yazıcıoğlu
Leader of the Great Union Party
May 24, 2009 – June 12, 2011
Succeeded by
Hakkı Öznur