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Rauf Denktaş
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1st President of Northern Cyprus
In office
15 November 1983 – 24 April 2005
Prime Minister Nejat Konuk
Derviş Eroğlu
Hakkı Atun
Mehmet Ali Talat
Preceded by Office created
Succeeded by Mehmet Ali Talat
2nd Vice President of Cyprus
In office
February 1973 – July 1974
President Makarios III
Preceded by Fazıl Küçük
Succeeded by Vacant
Personal details
Born (1924-01-27)27 January 1924
Paphos, British Cyprus
Died 13 January 2012(2012-01-13) (aged 87)
North Nicosia, Northern Cyprus
Nationality Turkish Cypriot
Political party National Unity Party
Spouse(s) Aydın Denktaş
Children 6 children (3 predeceased him)
Occupation Politician, statesman, political writer
Profession Lawyer
Education English high school, Nicosia, 1941
Studied in Istanbul
Studied law at Lincoln's Inn in London, 1944–1947
Parents Raif Mehmet Bey (1882–1941)
Emine Hanim

Rauf Raif Denktaş, sometimes Rauf Denktash in English, (27 January 1924 – 13 January 2012) was a Turkish Cypriot politician. He was the first President of Northern Cyprus from 1983 to 2005. Before becoming president he was the second Vice President of the republic of Cyprus.

On 13 January 2012, Denktaş died from Multiple organ dysfunction syndrome aged 88.

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