Sibel Siber

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Sibel Siber
Sibel Siber (cropped).jpg
Siber in 2014
Speaker of the Assembly of the Republic
In office
4 September 2013 – 22 January 2018
Preceded byHasan Bozer
Succeeded byTeberrüken Uluçay
10th Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus
In office
13 June 2013 – 2 September 2013
PresidentDerviş Eroğlu
Preceded byİrsen Küçük
Succeeded byÖzkan Yorgancıoğlu
Personal details
Born (1960-12-13) 13 December 1960 (age 61)
Nicosia, Cyprus
Political partyRepublican Turkish Party
Spouse(s)
Rıfat Siber
(m. 1984)
Children1
Alma materIstanbul University

Sibel Siber (born 13 December 1960) is a Turkish Cypriot politician. She served as the Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus between 13 June 2013, following the fall of the government of İrsen Küçük in a vote of no confidence, and 2 September 2013. She was the first woman to occupy this post.[1] As of November 2015, Siber was the Speaker of Parliament, the Assembly of the Republic of Northern Cyprus.[2] She was the second woman to occupy this post, after Fatma Ekenoğlu.

Early life[edit]

Sibel Siber (née Adademir) was born in Nicosia on 13 December 1960.[3] Her father, Altay Adademir, was a primary school teacher from the village of Melouseia in the Larnaca District; her mother, Aysel Adademir, was a housewife from the village of Klavdia. She has one sibling. She continually moved to different villages and cities in her childhood as her father was appointed to different schools.[4] She lived respectively in Larnaca, Arsos and Klavdia,[4] and moved to Tremetousia when she was seven. She would later recount her primary fear during childhood as travel, as many Turkish Cypriots went missing while on the roads, but highlight the peaceful interaction between the two communities in the mixed village of Tremetousia.[5] She graduated from the Tremetousia Turkish Primary School and enrolled to the Nicosia Turkish Girls' High School.[4]

Siber was admitted to the Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty of Istanbul University when she was 16, at a time when political incidents involving students were at their height.[4] She completed the medical school and graduated as a physician on 5 April 1983.[6][7] She completed her specialization in internal medicine in the Şişli Etfal Hospital in 1987, returned to Cyprus and started working at her private clinic. In 1989, she obtained a scholarship and was trained in diabetes and endocrinology at the University of Virginia.[6]

Her first published article, a critic of the healthcare system in Northern Cyprus, was published in 1983 in the newspaper with the highest circulation at the time.[4]

2015 TRNC Presidential Campaign[edit]

Siber promised a program that if she were elected, would ensure the reconciliation of Cyprus dispute. She saw the role of president as an important figure in order to solve communal problems. She also referred to her previous term as the prime minister, claiming that she would pursue the same policy of openness, transparency and trust that she did during her term as prime minister. She applied her candidacy to the High Election Committee on 13 March, and was declared as the official candidate for the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) on 23 March. In March an opinion poll took place, as a result 21.1% of the voters said that they will vote for her.

Prominent members of the CTP, such as Prime Minister Özkan Yorgancıoğlu, former president Mehmet Ali Talat and former prime minister Ferdi Sabit Soyer, gave their support for Siber as the candidate of the party. They were all very positive that Siber will win the first round of the election.

On 19 April 2015, the first round of the election took place. She came in third out of seven candidates with 24,271 votes or 22.53% of total votes. The incumbent president, Derviş Eroğlu got the first place with 30,328 of the votes (28.15% of total votes), followed by former Deputy Prime Minister Mustafa Akıncı with 29,030 votes (26.94% of total votes). Siber was eliminated in the first round and Akıncı went on to win the election.

Private life[edit]

She met her husband, Dr. Rıfat Siber, a urologist, while she was working as a volunteer in the Doktor Burhan Nalbantoğlu State Hospital after her graduation. The couple got married in 1984 and had their first child, their daughter Sümer in 1985.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Turkish Cyprus to see first female prime minister - World News". Hürriyet Daily News. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-06. Retrieved 2013-09-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "KKTC'ye 2 aylığına kadın başbakan". Hürriyet. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "KKTC Cumhurbaşkanı Adayı Dr. Sibel Siber: Kendi Kalemimden Ben" (in Turkish). Caucasus Businessmen Association. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Siber, Çözümü liderler, Barışı halk bulacak" (in Turkish). Havadis. 8 December 2013. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Sibel Siber kimdir?" (in Turkish). Yeni Düzen. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  7. ^ "İstanbul University, Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty Graduates from Turkish Program" (PDF). Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Northern Cyprus
2013
Succeeded by
Preceded by Speaker of the Assembly
2013–2018
Succeeded by