Özkan Yorgancıoğlu

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Özkan Yorgancıoğlu
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Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus
In office
2 September 2013 – 16 July 2015
PresidentDerviş Eroğlu
Mustafa Akıncı
Preceded bySibel Siber
Succeeded byÖmer Kalyoncu
Personal details
Born (1954-08-01) 1 August 1954 (age 68)
Lempa, British Cyprus
Political partyRepublican Turkish Party
Alma materIstanbul University

Özkan Yorgancıoğlu (born 1 August 1954) is a Turkish Cypriot politician who has been Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) between 2 September 2013 and 16 July 2015. He is also the leader of the Republican Turkish Party.

Early life and education[edit]

Yorgancıoğlu was born in 1954 in Lempa, a village in Paphos, the westernmost district of Cyprus, which was, at the time, a British crown colony. He studied at Istanbul University's Department of Economics and Public Finance, receiving his degree in political science in 1980.[1]

Political career[edit]

On 28 April 2005, Yorgancıoğlu was appointed Minister of Youth and Sports[2] in the cabinet of TRNC Prime Minister (PM) Ferdi Sabit Soyer, who served from April 2005 to May 2009. In 2011, he replaced Soyer as Chairman of the Republican Turkish Party.[3] After his party won the July 2013 legislative election, he became PM, replacing interim PM Sibel Siber on 2 September.[4]


  1. ^ Özkan Yorgancıoğlu biographical details {in Turkish}
  2. ^ Europa World Year, Book 1, (Taylor & Francis Group, 2004), 1393.
  3. ^ de Waele, Jean-Michel; Escalona, Fabien; Vieira, Mathieu, eds. (2013). The Palgrave Handbook of Social Democracy in the European Union. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 70.
  4. ^ "Handover Ceremonies" (Bayrak Radyo Televizyon Kurumu, 2 September 2013)
Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus
Succeeded by