Mustafa Timisi

Mustafa Timisi (born 1 May 1936, Divriği, Sivas) was a Turkish Alevi politician, a leader of the Unity Party.

Mustafa Timisi
Member of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey
Assembly Member
for Sivas
In office
In office
President of the Unity Party
In office
Personal details
Born1 May 1936
Divriği, Sivas
Political partyUnity Party

Early life and political activismEdit

Mustafa Timisi political career began probably with his opposition towards the inclusion of the Alevis in the so-called Circle of Islam by the Government of prime minister Ismet Inönü. Timisi and other students of Alevi origin at the Ankara University, organized themselves in 1963.[1] They directed themselves to the press and Timisi read out a statement declaring that the Alevis supported Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and the National Struggle.[1] The statement was viewed as a positive step by the Turkish president Cemal Gürsel, who invited members of the Alevi university students of which several later became active politicians to a meeting with him.[1] But the Republican People's Party (CHP) approach to the Alevis was ambiguous and during the government of Süleyman Demirel, İbrahim Elmalı, the president of the Directorate of Religious Affairs at the time stated, “There is no such thing as Alevis,” which caused a strong opposition from the Alevis towards the Turkish Government.[1]

Political careerEdit

In 1966, the Unity Party was established by left-leaning Alevi politicians. During a general assembly held after the elections of 1969,[1] Timisi was appointed as president of the party as the successor of Huseyin Balan.[2] After the military coup of 12 March 1971, Timisi secured a seat in parliament for the Unity Party.[3] During his tenure as a deputy of Turkish Grand National Assembly he was opposed to the hanging of Deniz Gezmiş and his accomplices[4] and also directed a letter to Cevdet Sunay, the president at the time, demanding their amnesty.[1] Timisi and the Unity Party continued to be active in politics until the military coup in1980 during which the party was banned and he was shortly imprisoned in Istanbul together with Behice Boran.[1] Following the coup, he was involved in several political parties such as the Social Democracy Party (SODEP) or the Social Democratic Populist Party (SHP) which later merged into the new CHP.[1]

İş BankEdit

In 1995, Timisi resigned from an active political career[1] and began working for İş Bank as a member of the board of directors. He was replaced in 2002.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Who's who in Politics in Turkey" (PDF). Heinrich Böll Stiftung. p. 190. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2019. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  2. ^ Yaman, Ali (2014). "Between trust and hope: the Justice and Development Party and the Alevis in Turkey". SEER: Journal for Labour and Social Affairs in Eastern Europe. 17 (1): 65. ISSN 1435-2869.
  3. ^ "Sivas SEÇİM SONUÇLARI". Retrieved 2020-11-30.
  4. ^ "İdama Evet Diyenlerin Tam Listesi". Bianet - Bagimsiz Iletisim Agi. Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  5. ^ "CHP, İş'teki kurmaylarını değiştirdi". Milliyet (in Turkish). 2002. Retrieved 2020-12-01.