Seyfi Öztürk (1927–2002) was a Turkish lawyer and politician who held several cabinet posts in the 1960s and 1970s. He was a long-term member of the Parliament first for the Republican Villagers Nation Party and then for the Justice Party.

Seyfi Öztürk
Personal details
Eskişehir, Turkey
Died5 November 2002(2002-11-05) (aged 74–75)
İstanbul, Turkey
Resting placeEskişehir, Turkey
Political party
Alma materAnkara University

Early life and education edit

He was born in Eskişehir in 1927.[1] He graduated from Ankara University obtaining a degree in law.[1]

Career and activities edit

Following his graduation Öztürk worked as a lawyer. His political career began after the military coup in 1960. He was a member of the Constituent Assembly of Turkey in 1961 representing the Republican Villagers Nation Party. He was elected as a deputy from Eskişehir for five terms between 1961 and 1980.[2] He became one of the members of the general administrative board of the Republican Villagers Nation Party in August 1965.[3]

Öztürk was named as the minister of village affairs in 1965 to the cabinet led by Prime Minister Suat Hayri Ürgüplü.[1] While serving as minister Öztürk resigned from the Republican Villagers Nation Party and joined the Justice Party.[1] The reason for his resignation was his opposition to Alparslan Türkeş, a former military officer who was one of the leading figures of the 1960 military coup, since Türkeş was elected as the chairman of the Republican Villagers Nation Party.[3] In addition, Öztürk and Hasan Dinçer, minister of defense and a member of the Republican Villagers Nation Party, were forced to resign from their ministerial posts due to the opposition of Türkeş. Mustafa Kepir succeeded Öztürk as minister of village affairs.[3]

Öztürk was the minister of transportation to the first cabinet of Süleyman Demirel between 1965 and 1967. He later served as the minister of state in the same cabinet between 1967 and 1969. He was the minister of labour in the second cabinet led by Demirel between 3 November 1969 and 6 March 1970.[4] Öztürk held the same post in the third cabinet of Demirel from 1970 and 1971.[1] During his term as minister of labour Öztürk visited West Germany in August 1970 to discuss the status of illegal Turkish migrants in the country. He informed the West German authorities about the pathways used by them stating that they mostly entered to the country from East Berlin.[5]

Öztürk was appointed minister of state to the coalition government led by again Süleyman Demirel on 31 March 1975.[6][7] Öztürk was again appointed minister of state on 21 July 1977 when a new coalition government was formed by Demirel.[6][8] Öztürk joined the True Path Party in 1983 after the closure of the Justice Party in 1980.[1]

Death edit

Öztürk died in İstanbul on 5 November 2002 and was buried in his hometown, Eskişehir, next day.[2]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Seyfi Öztürk". Biyografya (in Turkish). Retrieved 1 March 2024.
  2. ^ a b "Eski bakanlardan Seyfi Öztürk öldü". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 5 November 2002. Retrieved 1 March 2024.
  3. ^ a b c Ferit Salim Sanlı (2017). Cumhuriyetçi Köylü Millet Partisinden Milliyetçi Hareket Partisine Tarihsel Süreç, İdeoloji, Politika (1960-1969) (PhD thesis) (in Turkish). Hacettepe University. pp. 272, 281, 283.
  4. ^ Levent Yılmaz (27 March 2023). "Türk-İş Genel Kurulunda Partilerüstü Politika Tartışmaları (1970)". (in Turkish). Retrieved 1 March 2024.
  5. ^ Lauren Stokes (2023). "Racial Profiling on the U-Bahn: Policing the Berlin Gap in the Schönefeld Airport Refugee Crisis". Central European History. 56 (2): 240–241. doi:10.1017/S0008938922001054. S2CID 258316775.
  6. ^ a b Merziye Akal (2013). 12 Mart 1971 muhtırası, 12 Eylül 1980 darbesi ve 28 Şubat sürecinde bir politikacı olarak Süleyman Demirel’in farklı konum ve tepkileri (MA thesis) (in Turkish). Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. pp. 95, 102.
  7. ^ "Chronology February 16, 1975-May 15, 1975". The Middle East Journal. 29 (3): 342. 1975. JSTOR 4325381.
  8. ^ "Chronology May 16, 1977-August 15, 1977". The Middle East Journal. 31 (4): 481. 1977. JSTOR 4325678.