Erkan Mumcu

Erkan Mumcu (b. May, 1 1963 Isparta, Turkey) is a Turkish politician and the sixth leader of the Motherland Party (Anavatan Partisi, ANAP).


Mumcu was born in the western Anatolian town of Yalvaç in Isparta Province. His father was Süleyman and his mother Cemile. He graduated from the Istanbul University's Faculty of Law.

He entered politics in 1995 as deputy of Isparta from the Motherland Party. In 1997-1998, Erkan Mumcu served as secretary general and in 1998-1999, he was vice president of the party. He became a member in the coalition government of Bülent Ecevit as Minister for Tourism serving from May 28, 1999 to August 8, 2001.

He joined the Justice and Development Party and was reelected from Isparta in the 2002 elections into the parliament. In the cabinet of Prime Minister Abdullah Gül, he was first the Minister of National Education and then the Minister of Culture and Tourism.

After a dispute with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, he resigned on February 15, 2005, and joined the Motherland Party again. Erkan Mumcu was elected 6th president of ANAP at the extraordinary party congress on April 2, 2005. On October 25, 2008, Mumcu resigned the leadership of the Motherland Party.

He is married with two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hüseyin Çelik
Güldal Akşit
Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey
March 14, 2003February 15, 2005
Succeeded by
Atilla Koç
Preceded by
Necdet Tekin
Minister of Education of Turkey
November 19, 2002March 17, 2003
Succeeded by
Hüseyin Çelik
Preceded by
Ahmet Tan
Minister of Tourism of Turkey
May 28, 1999August 8, 2001
Succeeded by
Mustafa Taşar
Party political offices
Preceded by
Nesrin Nas
Leader of the Motherland Party (ANAP)
April 2, 2005October 26, 2008
Succeeded by
Salih Uzun

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