Zafer Çağlayan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Zafer Çağlayan
Mehmet Zafer Caglayan - World Economic Forum on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia 2012 crop.jpg
Çağlayan at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia in 2012
Minister of Economic Affairs
In office
6 July 2011 – 25 December 2013
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Preceded by Office established
Succeeded by Nihat Zeybekçi
Minister of State
Responsible for Foreign Trade
In office
1 May 2009 – 6 July 2011
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Preceded by Kürşad Tüzmen
Succeeded by Office disestablished
Minister of Industry and Trade
In office
29 August 2007 – 1 May 2009
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Preceded by Ali Coşkun
Succeeded by Nihat Ergün
Personal details
Born (1957-11-10) November 10, 1957 (age 59)
Muş, Turkey
Political party Justice and Development Party
Children Salih Kaan Çağlayan (son)

Mehmet Zafer Çağlayan (born 10 November 1957 in Muş) is a Turkish[1] politician. He is a member of parliament from the ruling Justice and Development Party and the former Minister of Economic Affairs under Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.


Born to a Turkish-Kurdish family,[2] Çağlayan graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from Gazi University in Ankara in 1980 and went on to a career in the aluminum industry. Before his election to parliament and appointment as minister in August 2007 he was president of the Ankara Chamber of Industry and vice-president of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey, who have been lobbying for structural and micro-economic reforms. He was the chairman of two companies namely Akel Alüminyum A.Ş and Çağlayanlar Alüminyum Limited.

Çağlayan is married and has two children.

2013 corruption scandal[edit]

On 17 December 2013, his son Salih Kaan Çağlayan was arrested for involvement in the 2013 corruption scandal.[3] Zafer Çağlayan and two other ministers, namely Minister of the Interior Muammer Güler and Minister of Environment and Urban Planning Erdoğan Bayraktar, resigned on 25 December 2013, although Çağlayan and Güler remained as MPs.[4][5] These alleged accusations are still not proven up to date and will be investigated by a special committee within Turkish Parliament in near future. On 28 February 2014, Salih Kaan Caglayan has been released with two other people.The Istanbul prosecutor has decided not to proceed against the 53 accused in the December 17 corruption probe, the Public Prosecutor's Office announced on 17 October 2014. On 5 January 2015, A Turkish parliamentary committee has cleared four former ministers of corruption charges. The charges were cancelled.The investigation followed controversial police probes into the allegations, which the government and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described as a coup attempt by police. On 21 January 2015,The Turkish parliament voted on Wednesday not to send to trial four former ministers accused of wrongdoing in a corruption investigation.

Anti-semitic remarks[edit]

On 8 March 2014, during a public rally for his Justice and Development Party, Çağlayan spoke to the crowds. On the topic of the corruption scandal, he accused the instigators of the investigation of seeking to undermine the government and said:[6]

...I would understand if a Jew, an atheist, a Zoroastrian would do all these things to us. Shame on them if these things are done by those who claim to be Muslim. How can a Muslim do this?

Çağlayan's remarks sparked further controversy in Turkey,[7] with the Turkish Jewish Congregation (Turkish: Türk Musevi Cemaati) issuing a statement expressing its "discontent" with the remarks.[8]

Public Statement and Apology[edit]

Mr.Caglayan has also made another statement soon after that by stating that,

... I never wanted to offend Jewish people or Jewish belief in the first place ...

and he said that he does respect all other religions and beliefs like his own and he deeply regrets if his remarks came across as an Insult.[8]♙

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hürriyet Daily News | Haber Detay". Hürriyet Daily News | LEADING NEWS SOURCE FOR TURKEY AND THE REGION. Retrieved 17 November 2016. 
  2. ^ ‘Yıllarca Kürt’üm diyemedim’, Erdal Şen, 3 March 2013, Habertürk
  3. ^ High-profile figures among 52 detained in major corruption operation in Turkey Hurriyet. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  4. ^ Bakan Çağlayan ile Güler istifa etti Hurriyet. 25 December 2013. Retrieved 25 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Turkish economy, interior, environment ministers resign amid graft scandal". Hurriyet Daily News. Retrieved 25 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Çağlayan: I would understand if Jews, atheists were behind graft probe". Today's Zaman. 9 March 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Burak Bekdil (12 March 2014). "'How can a Muslim do this?'". Hürriyet Daily News. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Turkey's Jewish community reacts to former minister Çağlayan's remarks". Today's Zaman. 9 March 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 


External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Ali Coşkun
Minister of Industry and Trade
29 August 2007 – 1 May 2009
Succeeded by
Nihat Ergün
Preceded by
Kürşad Tüzmen
Minister of State
Responsible for Foreign Trade

1 May 2009 – 6 July 2011
Office disestablished
New title
Office established
Minister of Economic Affairs
6 July 2011 – 25 December 2013
Succeeded by
Nihat Zeybekçi