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Bülent Ecevit
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16th Prime Minister of Turkey
In office
11 January 1999 – 18 November 2002
President Ahmet Necdet Sezer
Süleyman Demirel
Deputy Devlet Bahçeli
Hüsamettin Özkan
Şükrü Sina Gürel
Mesut Yılmaz
Hikmet Uluğbay
Preceded by Mesut Yılmaz
Succeeded by Abdullah Gül
In office
5 January 1978 – 12 November 1979
President Fahri Korutürk
Deputy Orhan Eyüboğlu
Turhan Feyzioğlu
Hikmet Çetin
Faruk Sükan
Preceded by Süleyman Demirel
Succeeded by Süleyman Demirel
In office
21 June 1977 – 21 July 1977
President Fahri Korutürk
Deputy Orhan Eyüboğlu
Preceded by Süleyman Demirel
Succeeded by Süleyman Demirel
Personal details
Born (1925-05-28)28 May 1925
Istanbul, Turkey
Died 5 November 2006(2006-11-05) (aged 81)
Ankara, Turkey
Political party Republican People's Party
(1957-1980)
Democratic Left Party
(1989-2006)
Spouse(s) Rahşan Ecevit
Alma mater Robert College
School of Oriental and African Studies
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Mustafa Bülent Ecevit (28 May 1925 – 5 November 2006) was a Turkish politician, poet, writer, scholar, and journalist. He served as the Prime Minister of Turkey four times between 1974 and 2002. He served as prime minister of Turkey in 1974, 1977, 1978–79, and 1999–2002. He was the leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP) between 1972 and 1980, and in 1989 he became the leader of the Democratic Left Party (DSP).

Personal life

He was born in Istanbul to a middle-class family. Ecevit's father Fahri Ecevit was a professor in Ankara University. His mother, Fatma Nazlı, was among the first women in Turkey to paint professionally. Ecevit said his mother was of Bosniak ancestry and his paternal grandfather was of Kurdish ancestry. He was married to political writer and politician Rahşan Ecevit.


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