Haydar Baş (28 January 1947 – 14 April 2020) was a Turkish politician and businessman.
|Leader of the Independent Turkey Party|
8 August 2002 – 14 April 2020
|Preceded by||Ali Gedik|
|Born||28 January 1947|
|Died||14 April 2020 (aged 73)|
|Political party||Independent Turkey Party|
|Education||Kayseri Supreme Islamic Institute |
Baku State University
He was one of the founders of the Independent Turkey Party and served as the party's leader until his death. He was also the leader of the subordinate branch of the Qadiriyya tariqa in Turkey. He was also the owner of various media organizations such as Meltem TV, Mesaj TV and Öğüt, Mesaj, İcmal magazines together with Yeni Mesaj newspaper.
Baş completed his primary, secondary and high school education in Trabzon. He graduated from Kayseri Supreme Islamic Institute in 1970. Later he received his postgraduate education, doctorate and the title of "professor" from Baku State University. He later worked as a lecturer at the Faculty of Eastern Languages and Literature Research at Baku State University.
Baş began his tenure in politics in 1970 by joining the National Salvation Party, but his time in the party was short-lived. Therein the leader of the National Salvation Party, Necmettin Erbakan, drove Baş away from the party as the two had contradictory views. In the following years, he stayed away from the parties led by Erbakan.
Independent Turkey PartyEdit
He became a recognized name in politics in the 2007 elections, thanks to his party's slogan. At a rally held in Ankara's Tandoğan square, the sentence "We want jobs, we want food, we want Haydar Baş in Ankara in this election (Turkish: İş istiyoruz, aş istiyoruz, bu seçimlerde Ankara'ya Haydar Baş'ı istiyoruz)", which was written on a farmer's banner, inspired them to use the slogan "Work, food, this time Haydar Baş (İş, aş, bu defa Haydar Baş)" which made the party known among the people. In the 2011 general elections, he was an MP nominee from the Democratic Party.
In the 2015 elections, he promised to "come upon ₺500 trillion with the national economy model and provide a [monthly] salary of ₺500 for everyone". In the 2017 Turkish constitutional referendum his party voted "no", and they did not participate in the June 2018 election.
Forgery of documentsEdit
In 2018, upon the complaint of doctor Mustafa Eraslan and his wife Meral Eraslan, a lawsuit was filed against him on the charges of "forcibly passing over someone else's property, attempting to plunder, and forgery in official documents" and his assets were also confiscated. In its decision of 16 October 2019, the Bakırköy 15th High Criminal Court sentenced Baş to two years and six months of imprisonment for forging documents, but he was acquitted of other charges.Then in 19th of March 2020 he got cleared after the appeal for correction from all charges. 
Ahmet Mahmut Ünlü, also known as Cübbeli Ahmet, criticized Baş for relying on Shiite hadiths but not the Sunni ones in his religious analyses. Ünlü mentioned Baş's claim that Umar attacked Muhammad's daughter Fatimah at her house and caused her miscarriage was a Shiite view and had no place in Sunni traditions.
In his hometown Trabzon, eight of his family members tested positive for COVID-19 during the coronavirus pandemic. On 9 April, he started receiving treatment in a private hospital in the Akçaabat district. After receiving treatment for four days in the private hospital, he was taken to the intensive care unit as he needed respiratory support. He was transferred to the Kanuni Education and Research Hospital on 13 April. Baş died due to complications from COVID-19 on 14 April 2020. He was 73.
The funeral prayer for Baş was performed on the Trabzon Coast Road Side Yeni Mahalle Fair Area in Yenimahalle, in the Ortahisar district of Trabzon on 15 April. His son Osman Baş performed the funeral prayer. He was buried in the Martyrdom Hill in Akçaabat district. Trabzon Governor İsmail Ustaoğlu, Trabzon Police Chief Metin Alper, Trabzon Metropolitan Mayor Murat Zorluoğlu, Akçabat Mayor Osman Nuri Ekim and Ortahisar Mayor Ahmet Metin Genç attended the funeral prayer.
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- "Haydar Baştan Cübbeliye: "Senin peygamberi ağzına Almaya Hakkın Yok"" (in Turkish). YouTube. 26 September 2012. Archived from the original on 26 September 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
- "CÜBBELİ AHMET HOCA "HAYDAR BAŞ HZ. ÖMER'e İFTİRA EDİYOR"" (in Turkish). YouTube. 18 February 2013. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
- "Son dakika... Haydar Baş koronavirüs nedeniyle hayatını kaybetti" (in Turkish). CNN Türk. Demirören News Agency. 14 April 2020. Archived from the original on 14 April 2020. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
- ""Allah'tan geldik, O'na döneceğiz"" (in Turkish). Yeni Mesaj. 14 April 2020. Archived from the original on 15 April 2020. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
- Eksik, Seyit Ahmet (15 April 2020). "BTP Genel Başkanı Haydar Baş, son yolculuğuna uğurlandı" (in Turkish). Trabzon. Anadolu Agency. Archived from the original on 15 April 2020. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
- "ASRIN ÇINARI UĞURLANDI" (in Turkish). Trabzon: Yeni Mesaj. 15 April 2020. Archived from the original on 15 April 2020. Retrieved 16 April 2020.