Semra Özal (née Yeğinmen; born 12 January 1934) was the 8th first lady of Turkey as the spouse of the 8th President of Turkey Turgut Özal.[1] She was also the second lady of Turkey during her husband's prime ministry from 1983 to 1989. The couple has three children: Ahmet Özal (born 1955), Zeynep Özal (born 1956) and Efe Özal (born 1967). During the government of the Motherland Party (ANAP), she presided the Turkish Women Empowerment and Promotion Foundation, also known as the "Daisies" (Papatyalar). From 1991 to 1992, she was the head of the provincial organization of the Motherland Party (ANAP) in Istanbul. Her husband Turgut Özal died in 1993 while in office. Semra Özal lives in Istanbul.

Semra Özal
First Lady of Turkey
In role
9 November 1989 – 17 April 1993
PresidentTurgut Özal
Preceded bySekine Evren
Succeeded byNazmiye Demirel
Provincial President of the Motherland Party in Istanbul
In office
Personal details
Semra Yeğinmen

(1934-01-12) 12 January 1934 (age 89)
Istanbul, Turkey
Turgut Özal
(m. 1954; died 1993)
Children3, including Ahmet Özal

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  1. ^ "Profile : Turkey's First Lady Has a Few Ideas of Her Own : Semra Ozal flouts tradition. Reports say she may run for prime minister. Whether hated or loved, she's a key figure in a battle between political extremes". Los Angeles Times. 23 October 1990.