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|| November 06, 1947
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|Info||Mr. Mesut Yilmaz, Chairman of the Motherland Party and MP from the Rize province was born in Istanbul, in 1947. |
Following his graduation from the Istanbul Erkek Lisesi, Mr. Yilmaz achieved his B.A. in finance and economy at University of Ankara, Faculty of Political Science, in 1971.
Between 1972-1974, he made his post-graduate studies in Germany, at the University of Cologne, Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences.
Between 1975-1983, he worked in managerial posts at various private enterprises in chemistry, textile and transportation sectors.
As founding member and Vice-Chairman of the Motherland Party, which was founded in May 1983, he was elected as MP from Rize in the general elections held in November the same year.
In the first �zal Goverment, he was assigned as the Minister of State in Charge of Information and as the Government Spokesman.
Mr. Yilmaz assumed duties as the Minister of Culture and Tourism in 1986 and during his tenure he chaired the Turkish-German and Turkish-Yugoslavian Joint Economic Commissions.
Being elected as M.P. from Rize once again at the 29 November 1987 general elections, Mr. Yilmaz was assigned as the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Mr. Yilmaz continued his duties as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Akbulut Government as well until he resigned from this post on 20 February 1990.
Mr. Yilmaz was elected as the Chairman of the Motherland Party at the Party General Convention of 15 June 1991 and then founded the Yilmaz Government which gained vote of confidence at the Turkish Grand National Assembly on 5 July 1991.
Following the general elections of 20 October 1991, Mr. Yilmaz continued his activities as the leader of the main opposition party.
He became the Prime Minister of the 53. Government which was established by the Motherland and the True Path parties.
He was given the task of establishing the 55. Goverment on 20 June 1997, which gained vote of confidence at the Turkish Grand National Assembly on 12 July 1997. He served as Prime Minister until 17 January 1999.
Mr. Yilmaz was elected M.P. from Rize at the general elections of 18 April 1999 once again.
Under the Chairmanship of Mr. Yilmaz, the Motherland Party participated in the coalition government (57. Government), in which Mr. Yilmaz assumed duties as Deputy Prime Minister as of 13 July 2000.
Mr. Yilmaz is the Vice-President of the European Democratic Union since 1998.
Mr. Yilmaz is married and has two children. He speaks German and English.