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'Father' of Turkish politics, Suleyman Demirel, dies aged 90

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'Father' of Turkish politics, Suleyman Demirel, dies aged 90



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Former Prime Minister of Turkey, Suleyman Demirel, has died at the age of 90.

During a career spanning almost half a century, he served as the country’s premier seven times, later becoming its president from 1993 to 2000.

He dominated Turkish politics over decades of violence and economic stagnation and even made a comeback after military rule.

The leader of the Justice Party between 1964 and 1990, he and a number of other politicians were banned from politics following a military coup in 1980.

Demirel was twice overthrown by the army and claimed he would never resist a military takeover.

The ‘Father’ of Turkish politics

He was publicly recognised as the ‘Father’ of Turkish politics, known for making statements such as “Yesterday is yesterday, today is today,” when referring to contradicting things he’d said at different times during his career.

Demirel died early on Wednesday, June 17, in an Ankara hospital, officials say. Reports suggest he had been treated for a respiratory tract infection.



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