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Derviş Eroğlu
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3rd President of Northern Cyprus
In office
23 April 2010 – 30 April 2015
Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün (Acting)
İrsen Küçük
Sibel Siber
Özkan Yorgancıoğlu
Preceded by Mehmet Ali Talat
Succeeded by Mustafa Akıncı
Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus
In office
5 May 2009 – 23 April 2010
President Mehmet Ali Talat
Preceded by Ferdi Sabit Soyer
Succeeded by Hüseyin Özgürgün (Acting)
In office
16 August 1996 – 13 January 2004
President Rauf Denktaş
Preceded by Hakkı Atun
Succeeded by Mehmet Ali Talat
In office
19 July 1985 – 1 January 1994
President Rauf Denktaş
Preceded by Mustafa Çağatay
Succeeded by Hakkı Atun
Leader of the National Unity Party
In office
29 November 2008 – 23 April 2010
Preceded by Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu
Succeeded by İrsen Küçük
In office
18 December 1983 – 11 February 2006
Preceded by Mustafa Çağatay
Succeeded by Hüseyin Özgürgün
Minister of National Education, Training and Cultural Affairs
In office
5 July 1976 – 10 May 1977
Prime Minister Nejat Konuk
Preceded by office established
Succeeded by Orhan Zihni Bilgehan
Member of the Assembly of Republic
In office
20 June 1976 – 22 April 2010
Constituency Gazimağusa (1976, 1981, 1985, 1990, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2005, 2009)
Personal details
Born (1938-03-07) 7 March 1938 (age 86)
Famagusta, British Cyprus
Political party National Unity Party
Spouse Meral Eroğlu
Alma mater Istanbul University

Derviş Eroğlu (born 7 March 1938) is a Turkish Cypriot politician, who served as the president of Northern Cyprus from 2010 to 2015. Previously, he was Prime Minister from 1985 to 1994, 1996 to 2004 and again from 2009 to 2010 and twice-leader of the National Unity Party.

He served a term as Prime Minister of nearly 17 years, by this he was the longest serving Prime Minister of the country. He also holds the record of longest serving MP.

Early life and education

Eroğlu was born in Famagusta in 1938. He studied medicine at Istanbul University, graduating in 1963. He later specialised in urology.


Handshake between Derviş Eroğlu, on the right, and José Manuel Barroso
Eroğlu meeting José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission

Eroğlu entered the Assembly of the Republic of the then-Turkish Federated State of Northern Cyprus in 1976, serving as Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports during 1976–77. He served as member of the de facto Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Constituent Assembly in November 1983. As the leader of the National Unity Party (UBP), he was appointed Prime Minister in four successive governments between 1985 and 1993 (he was opposition leader between 1994 and 1996), and from 1996 until his party lost the general election to the Republican Turkish Party under Mehmet Ali Talat in 2004. Eroğlu's UBP won the majority of seats in the legislative election of 18 April 2009, and Eroğlu became Prime Minister again.

On 21 November 2005, Eroğlu resigned as leader of the UBP, stating that "it was time for younger blood to take control", but was re-elected to the chair in November 2008. Eroğlu was elected to the office of President of Northern Cyprus on 18 April 2010. Because the UN does not recognize the TRNC, it regards Derviş Eroğlu as bona fide negotiator for the Turkish Cypriot community of the Republic of Cyprus.

In the 2015 general elections, he was defeated by Mustafa Akıncı.

See also

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