Derviş Eroğlu

Derviş Eroğlu (born 7 March 1938[1]) is a Turkish Cypriot politician, who served as the third President of Northern Cyprus from 2010[2][3] to 2015. Previously, he was Prime Minister from 1985 to 1994, 1996 to 2004 and again from 2009 to 2010 and twice-leader of the National Unity Party.

Derviş Eroğlu
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3rd President of Northern Cyprus
In office
23 April 2010 – 30 April 2015
Prime MinisterHüseyin Özgürgün (Acting)
İrsen Küçük
Sibel Siber
Özkan Yorgancıoğlu
Preceded byMehmet Ali Talat
Succeeded byMustafa Akıncı
Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus
In office
5 May 2009 – 23 April 2010
PresidentMehmet Ali Talat
Preceded byFerdi Sabit Soyer
Succeeded byHüseyin Özgürgün (Acting)
In office
16 August 1996 – 13 January 2004[1]
PresidentRauf Denktaş
Preceded byHakkı Atun
Succeeded byMehmet Ali Talat
In office
19 July 1985 – 1 January 1994
PresidentRauf Denktaş
Preceded byMustafa Çağatay
Succeeded byHakkı Atun
Leader of the National Unity Party
In office
29 November 2008 – 23 April 2010
Preceded byTahsin Ertuğruloğlu
Succeeded byİrsen Küçük
In office
18 December 1983 – 11 February 2006
Preceded byMustafa Çağatay
Succeeded byHüseyin Özgürgün
Member of the Assembly of Republic
In office
20 June 1976 – 22 April 2010
ConstituencyGazimağusa (1976, 1981, 1985, 1990, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2005, 2009)
Personal details
Born (1938-03-07) 7 March 1938 (age 83)
Famagusta, British Cyprus
Political partyNational Unity Party
Spouse(s)Meral Eroğlu
Alma materIstanbul University

He served a term as prime minister of nearly 17 years, by this he was the longest serving Prime minister of the country. He also holds the record of longest serving MP.

Early life and educationEdit

Eroğlu was born in Famagusta in 1938. He studied medicine at Istanbul University, graduating in 1963. He later specialised in urology.[4]


Eroğlu entered the Assembly of the Republic of the then-Turkish Federated State of Northern Cyprus in 1976, serving as Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports during 1976–77. He served as member of the de facto Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Constituent Assembly in November 1983.[5] As the leader of the National Unity Party (UBP), he was appointed Prime Minister in four successive governments between 1985 and 1993 (he was opposition leader between 1994 and 1996), and from 1996 until his party lost the general election to the Republican Turkish Party under Mehmet Ali Talat in 2004. Eroğlu's UBP won the majority of seats in the legislative election of 18 April 2009, and Eroğlu became Prime Minister again.[6]

On 21 November 2005, Eroğlu resigned as leader of the UBP, stating that "it was time for younger blood to take control", but was re-elected to the chair in November 2008.[7] Eroğlu was elected to the office of President of Northern Cyprus on 18 April 2010. Because the UN does not recognize the TRNC, it regards Derviş Eroğlu as bona fide negotiator for the Turkish Cypriot community of the Republic of Cyprus.

In the 2015 general elections, he was defeated by Mustafa Akıncı.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b "Derviş Eroğlu". Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  2. ^ Northern Cyprus's new president: Enter Eroglu (The Economist) Retrieved on 1 June 2011.
  3. ^ "New TRNC President Eroglu to Take Oath on Friday". Ankara: Turkish Weekly. 20 April 2010. Archived from the original on 23 April 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2010.
  4. ^ Aljazeera Profile: Dervis Eroglu
  5. ^ "Dr. Derviş Eroğlu (1938 - .... )". 4 December 2007. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  6. ^ "Derviş*Eroğlu (kimdir - hakkında)". 26 August 2008. Archived from the original on 22 April 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  7. ^ "Kuzey Kibris Tăœrk Cumhuriyeti Başbakanliği". Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Turkish Cypriots elect new leader for breakaway enclave". Yahoo News. 26 April 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Leftist Akinci wins north Cyprus election, seeking peace deal". Reuters UK. Retrieved 26 April 2015.[dead link]

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Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus
Succeeded by
Preceded by Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus
Succeeded by
Preceded by Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus
Succeeded by
Preceded by President of Northern Cyprus
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