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Halil Turgut Özal
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8th President of the Republic of Turkey
In office
November 9, 1989 – April 17, 1993
Preceded by Kenan Evren
Succeeded by Süleyman Demirel
Prime Minister of Turkey
In office
December 13, 1983 – October 31, 1989
President Kenan Evren
Deputy Ali Bozer
Preceded by Bülend Ulusu
Succeeded by Yıldırım Akbulut
Personal details
Born (1927-10-13)October 13, 1927
Malatya, Turkey
Died April 17, 1993(1993-04-17) (aged 65)
Ankara, Turkey
Political party ANAP
Spouse(s) Ayhan İnal (m. 1952, div. 1952)
Semra Özal (m. 1954)
Children 3
Alma mater Istanbul Technical University
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Halil Turgut Özal (October 13, 1927 – April 17, 1993) was Prime Minister of Turkey (1983–1989) and President of Turkey (1989–1993). As Prime Minister, he transformed the economy of Turkey by paving the way for the privatization of many state enterprises.

Özal was born on October 13, 1927 in Malatya, Turkey. He studied at Istanbul Technical University. Özal was married to Ayhan İnal from 1952 until they divorced a few months later in 1952. Then he was married to Semra Özal from 1954 until his death in 1993. He had three children.

Özal died on April 17, 1993 in Ankara, Turkey from a suspected heart attack. He was 65 years old. Many people thought that his death was an assassination. Then in 2012, experts later performed an autopsy and was confirmed that poison was found in his body. The current cause of his death is a heart attack.

A trial charging retired general Levent Ersöz with his murder began in September 2013.

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