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Mehmet Ali Bayar

| 7/27/2007 12:00:00 AM |

After getting a bachelors degree in Economics and a masters degree in international finance, Mehmet Ali Bayar joined the Turkish Foreign Ministry. His father, Nuri Bayar, was a close associate of

After getting a bachelors degree in Economics and a masters degree in international finance, Mehmet Ali Bayar joined the Turkish Foreign Ministry. His father, Nuri Bayar, was a close associate of Süleyman Demirel before the 1980 military coup.

In the early 1990s, he was the second highest official in Turkey's Embassy in Azerbaijan, before he took up a permanent mission at the United Nations in New York.

Süleyman Demiral chose him as his foreign policy consultant during his years as prime minister and president in the late 1990s.

He left his post at the Turkish embassy in Washington to enter the political realm in Turkey after receiving an invitation from the Democrat Turkey Party (DTP) that was founded in 1997 by a dissident group in the True Path Party (DYP) who objected to the coalition with pro-islamist Welfare Party (RP).

In 2002, he was elected as DTP chairman. He resigned after the DTP could not enter Parliament in the 2002 elections but returned to politics as a deputy to DYP's president Mehmet Ağar.

He again resigned due to disagreements, but later returned to the party. Bayar abstained from running in the 2007 elections because “the hope of unification in the right was smashed by irresponsibility and imprudence.”

Motherland Party (ANAVATAN) and DP (former DYP) failed to unite prior to elections.

 

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