33rd government of Turkey

The 33rd government of Turkey (26 March 1971 – 11 December 1971) was a government in the history of Turkey. It is also called the first Erim government.

Nihat Erim


After the memorandum of the army on 12 March 1971, prime minister Süleyman Demirel of the Justice Party (AP) resigned, and a new government was founded by Nihat Erim, who had recently resigned from the Republican People's Party (CHP). However, his appointment caused unrest in CHP and Bülent Ecevit resigned from his post as the general secretary of his party to protest the appointment. Nevertheless, İsmet İnönü, the leader of the party, supported Nihat Erim and Erim formed a semi-technocratic government with the support of CHP, AP, and the National Reliance Party (MGP).

The governmentEdit

In the list below, the serving period of cabinet members who served only a part of the cabinet's lifespan are shown in the column "Notes".

Title[1][2][3] Name Party Notes
Prime Minister Nihat Erim Independent
Deputy Prime Minister
Sadi Koçaş CHP
Atilla Karaosmanoğlu
Mesut Erez
Independent 26 March 1971 – 3 Dec 1971
3 Dec 1971 – 11 Dec 1971
Minister of State
Mehmet Özgüneş Independent
Doğan Kitaplı AP 26 March 1971 – 13 Oct 1971
Ministry of Justice İsmail Arar CHP
Ministry of National Defense Ferit Melen CGP
Ministry of the Interior Hamdi Ömeroğlu Independent
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Osman Olcay Independent
Ministry of Finance and Customs Sait Naci Elgin Independent
Ministry of National Education Şinasi Orel Independent
Ministry of Public Works Cavit Karakaş
Mukadder Öztekin
26 March 1971 – 10 Nov 1971
10 Nov 1971 – 11 Dec 1971
Ministry of Construction and Settlement Selahattin Babüroğlu Independent (Except for a 13-day duration in October)
Ministry of Health and Social Security Türkan Akyol Independent
Ministry of Agriculture Orhan Dikmen Independent
Ministry of Village Affairs Cevdet Aykan Independent
Ministry of Forestry Selahattin İnal Independent
Ministry of Transport Haluk Arık
Selahattin Babüroğlu
Cahit Karakaş
26 March 1971 – 29 Sep 1971
13 Oct 1971 – 27 Oct 1971
10 Nov 1971 – 11 Dec 1971
Ministry of Labour Atilla Sav Independent (Except for 13 day duration in October)
Ministry of Foreign Commerce Özer Derbil Independent
Ministry of Industry and Technology Ayhan Çilingiroğlu Independent
Ministry of Customs and Monopolies Haydar Özalp AP
Ministry Tourism Erol Yılmaz Akçal AP
Ministry of Culture Talat Halman Independent
Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources İhsan Topaloğlu
Atilla Sav
Nezih Devres
CHP 26 March 1970 – 29 Sep 1971
13 Oct 1971 – 27 Oct 1971
10 Nov 1971 – 11 Dec 1971
Ministry of Youth and Sports Sezai Ergun AP


Some of the technocrats in the cabinet (like Atilla Karaosmanoğlu) resigned, and Nihat Erim decided to form a new government.


Türkan Akyol, the Minister of Health, was the very first Turkish female cabinet minister in the history of Turkey.


  1. ^ Official page of prime minister Archived May 15, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Official page of the parliament". Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2013-09-12.
  3. ^ Türkiye'nin 75 Yılı, Tempo Yayıncılık, Istanbul, 1998

Preceded by 33rd Government of Turkey
26 March 1971 – 11 December 1971)
Succeeded by