İrsen Küçük

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İrsen Küçük
KKTC Başbakanı İrsen Küçük (12) (6955203999) (cropped).jpg
Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus
In office
17 May 2010 – 13 June 2013
PresidentDerviş Eroğlu
Preceded byHüseyin Özgürgün (Acting)
Succeeded bySibel Siber
Leader of the National Unity Party
In office
9 May 2010 – 11 June 2013
Preceded byDerviş Eroğlu
Succeeded byHüseyin Özgürgün
Member of the Assembly of Republic
In office
12 December 1993 – 28 July 2013
ConstituencyLefkoşa (1993, 1998, 2003, 2005, 2009)
In office
20 June 1976 – 23 June 1985
ConstituencyLefkoşa (1976, 1981)
Personal details
Born1940 (1940)
Nicosia, British Cyprus
Died (aged 79)
Political partyNational Unity Party
RelativesFazıl Küçük (uncle)
Alma materAnkara University

İrsen Küçük (1940 – 10 March 2019) was a Turkish Cypriot politician who was Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus from 2010 to 2013.[1] He was the nephew of the Republic of Cyprus's first vice-president, Fazıl Küçük.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Küçük was born in Nicosia in 1940 and graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture of the Ankara University in 1966, and then started to work at the State Hydraulic Engineering Bureau of Turkey. He got a master's degree in 1969 in irrigations threads. Subsequently, he was industrial engineer at the Veterinary Office of Northern Cyprus between 1968 and 1973, before he became self-employed in the field of agriculture and livestock in the private sector.

Political career and terms as Prime Minister[edit]

Shortly thereafter, he joined the National Unity Party (UBP) and was elected in 1976 and 1981 as a representative of Nicosia in the Provisional Parliament.

In July 1976, he was appointed Minister of Agriculture in the first cabinet of Nejat Konuk and exercised this office in the subsequent governments of Osman Örek and Mustafa Çağatay until 1981. He was then Minister of Natural Resources and Energy in the Çağatay government between 1981 and 1982, before being Minister of Health, Social Affairs and Labor in his cabinet from 1982 to 1983.

In December 1983, he was nominated as one of its candidates for the first elections to the first Assembly of the Republic on 23 June 1985. In the elections, he was elected representative and reelected in the early elections in 1993 for the constituency of Nicosia. At the same time he was chairman of the National Unity Party in the district of Nicosia.[3]

After the parliamentary elections of 6 December 1998, he was appointed in the Derviş Eroğlu coalition government and took office of Minister of Agriculture and Forestry and re-appointed in June 2001. After the electoral defeat of the UBP in the parliamentary elections in December 2003, he retired from the government and was instead 2004 Secretary General of the UBP.

The next parliamentary elections on 18 April 2009 were re-won by the UBP, which now had an absolute majority. After the election of Derviş Eroğlu and led by Hüseyin Özgürgün transitional government, he was on 9 May 2010 Chairman of the UBP and finally on 17 May 2010 also officially Prime Minister. On 5 June 2013, he resigned after was ousted by a vote of no confidence in the Assembly.[4] On 13 June 2013, Sibel Siber followed him as Prime Minister.[5]

On 5 June 2013, he resigned after was ousted by a vote of no confidence in the Assembly.[6] On 13 June 2013, Sibel Siber followed him as Prime Minister.[7]

He died on 10 March 2019 at the age of 79.[8]


  1. ^ "TRNC's New Council of Ministers Holds Its First Meeting". Ankara: Journal of Turkish Weekly. 18 May 2010. Archived from the original on 22 May 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  2. ^ «Διατηρώ ελπίδες για λύση» (Kathimerini): "Ο Ιρσέν Κιουτσούκ είναι ανιψιός του πρώτου αντιπροέδρου της Κυπριακής Δημοκρατίας, Φαζίλ Κιουτσούκ." Retrieved on 2011-01-06.
  3. ^ "İrsen Küçük passed away". Bayrak. 11 March 2019. Archived from the original on 29 July 2020. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  4. ^ "İrsen Küçük'ün istifasını yarın sunması bekleniyor".
  5. ^ Lansford, ed. (2015). Political Handbook of the World 2015. CQ Press. p. 1661. ISBN 9781483371566. {{cite book}}: |first= missing |last= (help)
  6. ^ "İrsen Küçük'ün istifasını yarın sunması bekleniyor" [İrsen Küçük is expected to present his resignation tomorrow] (in Turkish). 5 June 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  7. ^ "Turkish Cyprus to see first female prime minister". Hürriyet Daily News. Anadolu Agency. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  8. ^ "KKTC eski Başbakanı İrsen Küçük hayatını kaybetti". (in Turkish). Retrieved 11 March 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus
Succeeded by