Outspoken former Turkish deputy Kamer Genç dies of cancer aged 75
ANKARAFormer Tunceli deputy Kamer Genç died of cancer on Jan. 22. He was 75.
Known for his outspoken character, Genç had been receiving cancer treatment for a while.
Born in 1940 in Tunceli, Genç studied economics and administrative science in Ankara.
He became an independent candidate from his hometown Tunceli in 1983 but his candidacy was rejected by authorities. However, in 1987, he was accepted as a candidate.
Genç also served as the deputy parliamentary speaker between 1983 and 2002.
In 2007, he became an independent deputy from Tunceli and returned to his former party, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), in 2010.