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Ömer Çelik (born June 15, 1968) is a Turkish journalist and politician. Between January 24, 2013 and August 28, 2015, he served as Minister of Culture and Tourism. He currently serves as the Minister of European Union Affairs and as the Chief Negotiator for Turkish Accession to the European Union since 24 May 2016.

Ömer Çelik

Ömer Çelik in Izmir 19 May 2015 (cropped).jpg
Minister of European Union Affairs
Assumed office
24 May 2016
Prime MinisterBinali Yıldırım
Preceded byVolkan Bozkır
Chief Negotiator for Turkish Accession to the European Union
Assumed office
24 May 2016
Prime MinisterBinali Yıldırım
Preceded byVolkan Bozkır
Minister of Culture and Tourism
In office
24 January 2013 – 28 August 2015
Prime MinisterRecep Tayyip Erdoğan
Ahmet Davutoğlu
Preceded byErtuğrul Günay
Succeeded byYalçın Topçu
Member of the Grand National Assembly
Assumed office
1 November 2015
ConstituencyAdana (Nov 2015)
In office
3 November 2002 – 7 June 2015
ConstituencyAdana (2002, 2007, 2011)
Personal details
Born (1968-06-15) June 15, 1968 (age 51)
Adana, Turkey
NationalityTurkish
Political partyJustice and Development Party (AKP)
Alma materGazi University
ProfessionJournalist, politician

Early yearsEdit

He was born on June 15, 1968 in Adana to Ziya Çelik and his wife Dudu. After graduating from Gazi University's Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, he earned his master's degree in political science at the same university's Graduate School of Social Sciences.[1]

Ömer Çelik worked as a journalist and political scientist. He joined the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and became political advisor to the party leader.[1]

PoliticsEdit

He was elected to Parliament as a deputy from Adana for three consecutive terms in 2002, 2007 and 2011. Since 2010, he has served as the Deputy Chairman responsible for Foreign Affairs.[2] He is also the chairman of the Friendship Group of Bilateral Parliamentary Relations between Turkey and the United States.[1]

On January 24, 2013, Ömer Çelik was appointed Minister of Culture and Tourism in the cabinet of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan replacing Ertuğrul Günay.[1][3]

Personal lifeEdit

Ömer Çelik is single.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Yeni Kültür ve Turizm Bakanı Ömer Çelik oldu". SabaHaber (in Turkish). 2013-01-25. Retrieved 2013-01-27.
  2. ^ Çamlıbel, Cansu (2012-11-24). "Artık 'Ortadoğu altılısı' var". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2013-12-16.
  3. ^ Şenyüz, Selçuk (2013-01-24). "Sürpriz zirve sonrası kabine değişikliği". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2013-01-24.

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