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Deniz Baykal

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Deniz Baykal in 2008
Speaker of the Grand National Assembly (interim)
Assumed office
23 June 2015
Preceded by Cemil Çiçek
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
31 October 1995 – 6 March 1996
Preceded by Ali Coşkun Kırca
Succeeded by Emre Gönensay
Personal details
Born July 20, 1938 (1938-07-20) (age 81)
Antalya, Turkey
Political party Republican People's Party
Spouse(s) Olcay Baykal
Alma mater Ankara University
University of California
Columbia University

Deniz Baykal (born 20 July 1938) is a Turkish politician and academician. He was the leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP) and the leader of the Main Opposition in Turkey. He has been the Member of Parliament for Antalya since 2002.

He quit his academic career and was elected as the Member of Parliament from the Republican People's Party in 1973. He served as the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Finance, Energy and Foreign Affairs in various times.

He resigned as leader of the Republican People's Party on May 10, 2010.

Because he is the oldest MP, he became the interim Speaker of the Parliament until the election of the permanent speaker. He became CHP's nominee for the election.

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