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Recai Kutan

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Recai Kutan

Mehmet Recai Kutan in July 2009.

Mehmet Recai Kutan (b. 1930, Malatya) is a Turkish politician and the former leader of Felicity Party (SP).


Kutan graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Department of Civil Engineering in 1952. Until 1973, he worked as an engineer in various projects including the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP). His political career started 1973 in National Salvation Party and after 1983 he served in Welfare Party. He was Minister of Energy in 1996 in a coalition led by Welfare Party.

At the 3rd party congress held on October 26, 2008 in Ankara, he did not run for his re-election as the leader of the Felicity Party, and was succeeded by Numan Kurtulmuş.[1]


  1. ^ "Saadet Partisi Genel Başkanlığına, Numan Kurtulmuş seçildi" (in Türkçe). Nethaber. 2008-10-26. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 


  • Biography (Turkish)
Political offices
Preceded by
Erol Tuncer
Minister of Public Works and Housing of Turkey
Succeeded by
Ahmet Karaaslan
Preceded by
Hüsnü Doğan
Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey
Succeeded by
Cumhur Ersümer
Party political offices
Preceded by
İsmail Alptekin
Leader of the Virtue Party (FP)
Succeeded by
Preceded by
newly founded
Leader of the Felicity Party (SP)
Jul 20, 2001–May 11, 2003
Succeeded by
Necmettin Erbakan
Preceded by
Necmettin Erbakan
Leader of the Felicity Party (SP)
Apr 9, 2006–Oct 26, 2008
Succeeded by
Numan Kurtulmuş
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