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He was born in 1948 in Bursa, Turkey. After finishing the high school in Manisa, Bülent Arınç attended University of Ankara, earning a degree in law in 1970. Following his education, he worked as a free-lance lawyer in Manisa.
Already during his university years in politics interested, Bülent Arınç ran for the deputy of Manisa in the 1995 general elections, and entered the Turkish Grand National Assembly from Refah Partisi (Welfare Party). He became also a member of the board of his party, and served in the parliament’s justice commission.
Following the closing of the Welfare Party by the constitutional court on February 15, 1998, he transferred to the Fazilet Partisi (Virtue Party). Arınç was elected in the 1999 general elections as deputy of Manisa, this time from he Virtue Party. He became a member of the foreign affairs commission of the parliament.
The constitutional court closed the Virtue Party on June 22, 2001. Bülent Arınç, along with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, co-founded the Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (Justice and Development Party) the same year on August 14. He was appointed speaker of his party’s group in the parliament.
Bülent Arınç is married and has two children, one of which was dead in a traffic accident.
- Biography (Turkish)
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| Grand National Assembly (1920 - 1960)|
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk • Ali Fethi Okyar • Kazım Özalp • Mustafa Abdulhalik Renda • Kazım Karabekir • Ali Fuat Cebesoy • Şükrü Saracoğlu • Refik Koraltan
House of Representatives (1961)
National Assembly (1961 - 1980)
Fuat Sirmen • Ferruh Bozbeyli • Sabit Osman Avcı • Kemal Güven • Cahit Karakaş
Consultative Assembly (1981 - 1983)
Grand National Assembly (1983 - present)
Necmettin Karaduman • Yıldırım Akbulut • İsmet Kaya Erdem • Hüsamettin Cindoruk • İsmet Sezgin • Mustafa Kalemli • Hikmet Çetin • Ömer İzgi • Bülent Arınç