Erbakan closed his eyes on the world on February 27th, the day prior to the anniversary of the postmodern coup that led to his once deposition as Prime Minister and all while Gaddafi’s throne continues to rattle…
Necmettin Erbakan was born on October 29th, 1926 in Sinop on the third anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic. He went on to become the architect of Turkey's first vehicle the 'Revolution Automobile', was the sole leader of the National View Movement and was Turkey's first ever anti West politician. According to national historians, Erbakan's surname, which means 'Soldier Minister', was inspired by his grandfather Hüseyin Efendi who was nicknamed 'minister.' Necmettin Erbakan did his name justice as he went on to not only serve as minister but also went on to become the nation's prime minister. Most notably, Erbakan's intelligence was widely praised and acknowledged by many, including his political rivals of previous generations. The former CHP leader İsmet İnönü is famously quoted to have said, "This country raised one man, and he turned out to be religious,' referring to Erbakan. NATIONAL VIEW MAKES IT TO THE ASSEMBLY Erbakan's political life began when he was elected as deputy in 1969. This began the long political route Erbakan was to follow, including being the leader of the Islamic Nationalist View Movement which would later initiate the modernization era of the republic. On October 11th, 1972, Erbakan founded the National Salvation Party (MSP). In 1973, under Erbakan's leadership, the National Salvation Party was elected into parliament with 48 deputies and three senators. The CHP-MSP coalition was founded with Bülent Ecevit as Prime Minister and Erbakan was named deputy Prime Minister. Erbakan's contribution to the government and indoctrination of the military contributed greatly to the Cyprus Peace Movement. Erbakan continued to serve as Deputy Prime Minister between the years 1974 - 1978 in three separate coalition governments. Two of these, with Justice Party Leader Süleyman Demirel and Nationalist Movement Party Leader Alparslan Türkeş were Nationalist Front Governments established in conjunction with Erbakan. IN 1996, ERBAKAN BECAME PRIME MINISTER Six days prior to the September 12th, 1980 coup, Israel announced Jerusalem as their capital and MSP held a Jerusalem Recovery Meeting in Konya. After the coup, Erbakan, as well as a number of other politicians, was imprisoned. On May 15th, 1981, Erbakan was released. The Welfare Party was founded in July 1983, coinciding with the first elections to be held after the military intervention. The Welfare Party did not run in those first elections. Furthermore, Erbakan had been sentenced to ten years prohibition from politics.
Throughout his entire political career, Erbakan has never had the chance to be in power on his own, however in 1995 the Welfare Party did win the general elections to become the majority party. Due to the Prime Minister format, on June 28th 1996 Erbakan became the Prime Minister of the RefahYol government. In October of the same year, Erbakan went to Libya and what is referred to as the 'tent crisis' transpired. It was then that the period leading to the February 28th postmodern coup of the following year gained volition, which would result in Erbakan being deposed as Prime Minister.
Erbakan was forced to resign on June 18th, 1997 after just one year of serving as prime minister. The Welfare Party was also shut down by the Parliamentary Court. The succeeding Virtue party fell victim to the same fate. After the June 2001 closure ruling, the Nationalist View Movement experienced its first divide and the Justice and Development Party was formed. Erbakan continued on his political path. In October of 2010, Erbakan was selected as leader of the Felicity Party which he ran up until his death. In other words, he was a politician to his last breath.
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