Efkan Ala

Efkan Ala
Minister of the Interior
In office
24 November 2015  31 August 2016
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu,
Binali Yıldırım
Preceded by Selami Altınok
Succeeded by Süleyman Soylu
In office
25 December 2013  7 March 2015
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,
Ahmet Davutoğlu
Preceded by Muammer Güler
Succeeded by Sebahattin Öztürk
Member of the Grand National Assembly
Assumed office
7 June 2015
Constituency Erzurum (June 2015)
Bursa (Nov 2015)
Undersecretary to the Prime Minister of Turkey
In office
10 October 2007  25 December 2013
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Preceded by Mehmet Emin Zararsız
Succeeded by Fahri Kasırga
Governor of Diyarbakır
In office
14 September 2004  10 September 2007
Preceded by Nusret Miroğlu
Succeeded by Hüseyin Avni Mutlu
Governor of Batman
In office
2003  14 September 2004
Preceded by İsa Parlak
Succeeded by Haluk İmga
Personal details
Born 1965 (age 5051)
Oltu, Erzurum Province, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Alma mater Istanbul University
Occupation Politician, civil servant
Cabinet 61st, 62nd, 64th, 65th

Efkan Ala (born 21 February 1965) is a Turkish politician who served as the Minister of the Interior from November 2015 to August 2016;. He previously held the same post from 2013 to June 2015 despite not being a member of parliament at the time. He served as Governor of Batman from 2003 to 2004, as Governor of Diyarbakır from 2004 to 2007, and as Undersecretary to the Prime Minister from 2007 to 2013.

Ala resigned from the cabinet on 31 August 2016, having been criticised consistently by the opposition for failing to tackle growing terrorism by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Gülen Movement (FETÖ). Attacks in Ankara, İstanbul and the south-east, as well as in the Syrian border provinces of Gaziantep and Kilis, had resulted in consistent calls for Ala's resignation, with criticism also being directed at how the Interior Ministry had appointed several Governors, police chiefs and bureaucrats throughout the country that were later identified to be supporters of FETÖ, the alleged organisation accused of staging a failed coup d'état attempt in July 2016. A reason for Ala's resignation was not given, though the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) claimed that Ala had been removed from office after the arrested Governor of Sinop and alleged FETÖ supporter had claimed he had close relations to Ala.[1][2]

Early life

Ala was born in the township of Oltu in Erzurum Province in 1965. He studied Political Science at Istanbul University, graduating in 1987.[3] He went to Torquay language school in England in 1989-1990.


Civil service

In 1988, he began his civil service career as a district governor trainee. After working two years at the governor's office in Sakarya Province, and a one-year professional study in the United Kingdom, he became a district governor, and served two years in each townships of Dernekpazarı, Trabzon and Kabataş, Ordu. Ala was appointed Deputy Province Governor in Tunceli.[3][4]

After serving at various positions in different ministries, he was made the Governor of Batman Province in 2003, where he served one year. On 14 September 2004, he was appointed as the Governor of Diyarbakır Province, remaining in that post until 2007.[3][4]

On 10 September 2007, Ala became the Undersecretary to the Prime Minister.[3][4]

Minister of the Interior

On 25 December 2013, Minister of the Interior Muammer Güler stepped down along with two of other cabinet members following a corruption investigation, which involved his son.[5] The same day, Prime Minister Erdogan announced a cabinet reshuffle with ten new names.[5][6][7][8][9] The next day, on 26 December, Efkan Ala assumed office as the Minister of the Interior[3][4][8] as a non-member of the parliament, a move that was sharply criticized by some MPs of the prime minister's own AK Party (AKP) as well as by the leadership of the opposition CH Party (CHP).[6][10]


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Political offices
Preceded by
İsa Parlak
Governor of Batman Province
2003 – 14 September 2004
Succeeded by
Haluk İmga
Preceded by
Nusret Miroğlu
Governor of Diyarbakır Province
14 September 2004 – 10 September 2007
Succeeded by
Hüseyin Avni Mutlu
Preceded by
Mehmet Emin Zararsız
Prime Ministry's Undersecretary
10 October 2007 – 25 December 2013
Succeeded by
Fahri Kasırga
Preceded by
Muammer Güler
Minister of the Interior
25 December 2013 – 31 August 2016
Succeeded by
Süleyman Soylu
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