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Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu
51st Minister of Foreign Affairs
Incumbent
Assumed office
29 August 2014
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu
Preceded by Ahmet Davutoğlu
Minister of European Union Affairs
In office
25 December 2013 – 29 August 2014
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Preceded by Egemen Bağış
Succeeded by Volkan Bozkır
President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
In office
25 January 2010 – 25 January 2012
Preceded by Lluís Maria de Puig
Succeeded by Jean-Claude Mignon
Member of the Turkish Parliament
for Antalya
Incumbent
Assumed office
3 November 2002
Personal details
Born (1968-02-05) 5 February 1968
Antalya, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Political party Justice and Development Party (AKP)
Alma mater Ankara University
Long Island University
Bilkent University
Occupation Politician and Diplomat
Profession Economist
Religion Islam

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (born 5 February 1968) is a Turkish politician who has served as Turkey's Minister of Foreign Affairs since 2014. He is also a member of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, where he represents Antalya Province. First elected to Parliament in the 2002 general election, he is a founding member of the Justice and Development Party (AKP).[1][2] He was the president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe from 2010 to 2012.

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Council of Europe 2
  • 2014 Turkish local elections 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life

Born at Alanya, Çavuşoğlu graduated from Ankara University in 1988 where he studied international relations. He then received a masters in economics from Long Island University in New York, and doctorates from Bilkent University and the London School of Economics, where he was for a time president of the Turkish Society. He is married with one child.[1]

While serving in parliament, he has chaired the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population. In November 2009, he met the foreign minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, in the context of a report that the Assembly is preparing on the Soviet famine of 1932–1933.[3]

Council of Europe

Çavuşoğlu joined the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in 2003 and soon after was named the head of the Turkish delegation and a vice-president of the Assembly. During the January 2010 session of the Assembly, he was nominated and elected on 25 January 2010 to replace outgoing President Lluís Maria De Puig of Spain.[4] In the October reshuffle, this was the reason given for why he did not receive extra responsibilities in Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's government.[5][6][7] His candidacy for this post was supported by all of Turkey's main parties. He became president just months before Turkey took up the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (November 2010) and at the same time that there was a Turkish president of the Congress of the Council of Europe.[8] In 2012, he was succeeded by France's Jean-Claude Mignon.

2014 Turkish local elections

Çavuşoğlu was criticized, by Hurriyet, because of his intervention in the municipality election in Antalya that took place in 30 March 2014. When the opposing party candidate Mustafa Akaydin was ahead of the ruling party candidate, he visited the courthouse with his supporters and interrupted the counting process.[9] After his interruption, counting of votes was stopped. It was claimed that not already counted votes are from suburbs where the opposing party has more supporters.[10]

References

  1. ^ a b "Who is Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu?". Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "PACE Head Presses For Political Reforms in Armenia". RFE/RL. 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Russia to cooperate with PACE on famine report". The Voice of Russia. 25 November 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Turkish parliamentarian elected president of PACE".  
  5. ^ "AK Party to revive its reformist spirit".  
  6. ^ "Mr Mevlüt ÇAVUŞOĞLU". Council of Europe. 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Prime Minister Erdogan's Speech at the AK Congress". AK Party. 3 October 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Newspot no.99 (October 2009)". Prime Minister's Office. 1 October 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Antalya'da kavga cikti.". Hurriyet. 30 March 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "0 Mart yerel seçimleri: AKP’nin sandık sandık, hile, baskı ve usulsüzlükleri". sendika.org. 30 March 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 

External links

  • Official homepage
  • Council of Europe Profile (PDF)
Political offices
Preceded by
Egemen Bağış
Minister of European Union Affairs and Chief Negotiator
2013–2014
Succeeded by
Volkan Bozkır
Preceded by
Ahmet Davutoğlu
Minister of Foreign Affairs
2014–present
Incumbent
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