Fikri Sağlar

Fikri Sağlar (born 1953) is a Turkish social democrat politician. He was Minister of Culture in the early 1990s, and a member of the parliamentary commission which investigated the Susurluk scandal. He has been a columnist for Birgün.[1]

Fikri Sağlar
Minister of Culture
In office
Minister of Culture
In office
Personal details
Mut, Mersin
Political partySocial Democratic Populist Party, Republican People's Party, Social Democratic People's Party

In 1983 he was elected deputy chairman of the Social Democratic Populist Party (SHP).[2][3] The SHP merged with the Republican People's Party (CHP) in the 1990s. Sağlar was a minister both in the 50th and in the 52nd government of Turkey. In 2001 Sağlar resigned from the CHP along with several others, having been referred to a disciplinary board (which cleared him) for allegedly working against the CHP's interests.[4][5] He co-founded the new Social Democratic People's Party in 2002,[6] becoming its Secretary-General.[7] In 2002 he was charged, along with some others, with insulting the government, due to some comments in a television discussion programme.[8]

He is the author of two books, Code Name Susurluk and Contemporary Culture from National to the Global.


  1. ^ Today's Zaman, 29 May 2008, Büyükanıt sues former deputy over blackmail claims Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Truth Commissions: Turkey in Light of World Experience: Biographies of Speakers". Archived from the original on 2013-09-17. Retrieved 2013-07-02.
  3. ^ Lois Whitman, Jeri Laber (1987), State of Flux: Human Rights in Turkey : December 1987 Update, Human Rights Watch, p55
  4. ^ Hurriyet Daily News, 17 March 2001 Autumn in the CHP
  5. ^ Hurriyet Daily News, 1 March 2001, Saglar not to be dismissed from CHP
  6. ^ Hurriyet Daily News, 25 May 2002, Karayalcin establishes new SHP
  7. ^ Hurriyet Daily News, 22 June 2002, SHP's Saglar strongly criticizes government
  8. ^ Hurriyet Daily News, 19 April 2002, Bursa Court opens trial against Fikri Saglar