List of the main opposition leaders of Turkey

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Leader of the Opposition
Ana Muhalefet Lideri
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Logo of the largest opposition party
Kemal Kilicdaroglu cropped.png
Incumbent
Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

since 22 May 2010
Term length While leader of the largest political party not in government
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The following is a complete list of the main opposition leaders of Turkey, since the inception of the republican period in 1923. Except for two brief periods in 1924–25 and in 1930, there were no opposition leaders in the single-party period. Furthermore, there were no opposition leaders during the terms of technocratic governments in the multi-party period. [1] [2] [3]

Term of Office Leader
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Party
17 October 1924 –
3 June 1925
Kâzım Karabekir
(1882–1948)
KazimKarabekirPasha.jpg Progressive Republican Party (TCF)
12 August 1930 –
17 November 1930
Fethi Okyar
(1880–1943)
Ali Fethi Okyar.jpg Liberal Republican Party (SCF)
7 January 1946 –
14 May 1950
Celâl Bayar
(1883–1986)
Celal Bayar (cropped).jpg Democrat Party (DP)
2 June 1950 –
27 May 1960
İsmet İnönü
(1884–1973)
Inonu Ismet.jpg Republican People’s Party (CHP)
20 November 1961 –
25 June 1962
Ekrem Alican
(1916–2000)
No image.png New Turkey Party (YTP)
25 June 1962 –
6 June 1964
Ragıp Gümüşpala
(1897–1964)
No image.png Justice Party (AP)
6 June 1964 –
20 February 1965
Süleyman Demirel
(1924–2015)
Demirel 1962 cropped.jpg Justice Party (AP)
20 February 1965 –
26 March 1971
İsmet İnönü
(1884–1973)
Inonu Ismet.jpg Republican People’s Party (CHP)
26 January 1974 –
17 November 1974
Süleyman Demirel
(1924–2015)
Demirel 1976 cropped.jpg Justice Party (AP)
31 March 1975 –
21 June 1977
Bülent Ecevit
(1925–2006)
Bülent Ecevit Cropped.jpg Republican People’s Party (CHP)
21 June 1977 –
21 July 1977
Süleyman Demirel
(1924–2015)
Demirel 1976 cropped.jpg Justice Party (AP)
21 July 1977 –
5 January 1978
Bülent Ecevit
(1925–2006)
Bülent Ecevit Cropped.jpg Republican People’s Party (CHP)
5 January 1978 –
12 November 1979
Süleyman Demirel
(1924–2015)
Demirel 1976 cropped.jpg Justice Party (AP)
12 November 1979 –
12 September 1980
Bülent Ecevit
(1925–2006)
Bülent Ecevit Cropped.jpg Republican People’s Party (CHP)
13 December 1983 –
27 June 1985
Necdet Calp
(1922–1998)
No image.png Populist Party (HP)
27 June 1985 –
30 May 1986
Aydın Güven Gürkan
(1941–2006)
No image.png Populist Party (HP)
(until 3 November 1985)
Social Democrat Populist Party (SHP)
30 May 1986 –
20 November 1991
Erdal İnönü
(1926–2007)
Erdal İnönü (cropped).jpg Social Democrat Populist Party (SHP)
21 November 1991 –
6 March 1996
Mesut Yılmaz
(1947–)
No image.png Motherland Party (ANAP)
6 March 1996 –
28 June 1996
Necmettin Erbakan
(1926–2011)
Necmettin Erbakan.jpg Welfare Party (RF)
28 June 1996 –
30 June 1997
Mesut Yılmaz
(1947–)
No image.png Motherland Party (ANAP)
30 June 1997 –
17 December 1997
Necmettin Erbakan
(1926–2011)
Necmettin Erbakan.jpg Welfare Party (RP)
17 December 1997 –
14 May 1998
İsmail Alptekin
(1943–)
No image.png Virtue Party (FP)
14 May 1998 –
22 June 2001
Recai Kutan
(1930–)
Recai Kutan 2009 crop.jpg Virtue Party (FP)
22 June 2001 –
19 November 2002
Tansu Çiller
(1946–)
Tansu Çiller 2015 (Cropped).jpg True Path Party (DYP)
19 November 2002 –
22 May 2010
Deniz Baykal
(1938–)
Deniz Baykal headshot 2.jpg Republican People’s Party (CHP)
22 May 2010 –
present
Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu
(1948–)
Kemal Kilicdaroglu cropped.png Republican People’s Party (CHP)

See also

References

  1. ^ Türkiye’nin 75 yılı, Tempo , ;İstanbul, 1998
  2. ^ Official page of prime minister Archived 2013-05-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Official page of the parliament
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