Ferit Melen

Ferit Sadi Melen
Prime Minister of Turkey
In office
22 May 1972  15 April 1973
President Cevdet Sunay
Fahri Korutürk
Preceded by Nihat Erim
Succeeded by Naim Talu
Minister of National Defence
In office
26 March 1971  22 May 1972
Prime Minister Naim Talu
Preceded by Ahmet Topaloğlu
Succeeded by Mehmet İzmen
In office
31 March 1975  21 June 1977
Prime Minister Süleyman Demirel
Preceded by İlhami Sancar
Succeeded by Hasan Esat Işık
Minister of Finance
In office
25 June 1962  20 February 1965
Prime Minister İsmet İnönü
Preceded by Şefik İnan
Succeeded by İhsan Gürsan
Personal details
Born 1906
Van, Turkey
Died 3 September 1988 (aged 82)
Political party Republican People's Party (1950-1967)
Reliance Party (1967-1971)
National Reliance Party (1973-1973)
Republican Reliance Party (1973-1980)
Nationalist Democracy Party (1983–1986)
Children Mithat Melen
Alma mater Ankara University

Ferit Sadi Melen (1906, Van - September 3, 1988, Ankara) was a Turkish civil servant, politician and Prime Minister of Turkey.


After finishing the high school in Bursa, he obtained a degree in finance from the School of Political Science at Ankara University in 1931. Ferit Melen entered the state service right after his graduation, and was sent to Paris, France for an internship at the ministry of finance there. After one year, he returned home and worked in several services of the ministry of finance as inspector. In 1943, he was promoted to general director in the ministry.

Ferit Melen entered politics as deputy of Van Province from "Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi" CHP ("Republican People's Party") following the general elections in 1950. After the end of the legislative term, he did not run for the parliament at the elections in 1954, and returned to his profession to work as a chartered accountant, he practiced until his retirement in 1959. In 1957, he was elected again member of the parliament as deputy of Van.

Ferit Melen was minister of finance in the two cabinets of İsmet İnönü between June 25, 1962 and February 20, 1965 in the 27th and 28th governments without affiliation to the parliament. He left his party CHP along with 47 other colleagues to co-found on May 12, 1967 "Güven Partisi" GP ("Reliance Party"), which was renamed "Cumhuriyetçi Güven Partisi" CGP (Republican Reliance Party) after merging with "Cumhuriyetçi Parti" CP ("Republican Party") on February 28, 1973. He served also minister of national defense in the two cabinets of Nihat Erim from March 26, 1971 to May 22, 1972. Following the resignation of Nihat Erim, he was appointed prime minister of a military-approved coalition government that lasted until April 15, 1973. Between March 31, 1975 and June 21, 1977, he served a second time as minister of national defense in the cabinet of Süleyman Demirel.

In the time from June 7, 1964 to October 14, 1979, Ferit Melen was a member of the senate representing Van Province. On July 12, 1980, he was appointed again senator that ended on September 12, 1980 with the military coup. Ferit Melen was elected to Turkish Grand National Assembly in the 1983 elections as a candidate of the Nationalist Democracy Party (MDP).

He was succeeded by his son Mithat Melen, a former high ranked civil servant and academics, who in 2002 tried to enter politics by "Milliyetçi Hareket Partisi" MHP ("Nationalist Movement Party").

The airport of Van is named after him.


Political offices
Preceded by
Osman Şefik İnan
Minister of Finance of Turkey
June 25, 1962February 20, 1965
Succeeded by
İhsan Gürsan
Preceded by
Ahmet Topaloğlu
Minister of National Defence of Turkey
Mar 26, 1971May 22, 1972
Succeeded by
Mehmet İzmen
Preceded by
Nihat Erim
Prime Minister of Turkey
May 22, 1972Apr 15, 1973
Succeeded by
Naim Talu
Preceded by
İlhami Sancar
Minister of National Defence of Turkey
Mar 31, 1975June 21, 1977
Succeeded by
Hasan Esat Işık
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