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Bülent Arınç (1948) is a Turkish politician and the 22nd Speaker of the Parliament of Turkey.

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 was elected the third time deputy of Manisa in the general elections held on November 3, 2002. On November 19, 2002, he was elected Speaker of the Parliament.

Bülent Arınç is married and has two children, one of which was dead in a traffic accident.

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Preceded by:
Ömer İzgi
Speaker of the Parliament of Turkey
Succeeded by:

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Bülent Arınç

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