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Turgut Ozal

Birth:1927

Death:1993

Turkish politician. Turgut Ozal, who founded the Anap, a political party, in 1983, became prime minister when election were restored in 1983 and that it led to its victory in the that year. Ozal is often called the second great Turkish revolutionary, after Ataturk. Ozal, a devout but freewheeling Muslim, opened the economy to the West by promoting enterprise and liberalising markets, and by pursuing moderate domestic and foreign policies he brought stability and a period of robust economic growth. Ozal, the first civilian president dominated Turkish politics in the 1980s (in the 1987 elections he retained his majority), and his death left a vacuum that lesser politicians were unable to fill. There is another Ozal legacy, however, that is often overlooked. While he might be credited with the development of the Turkish economy and the emergence of a middle class, his reforms failed to benefit the great mass of Turks, who have become demonstrably poorer over the past 20 years because of inflation and the rise of corruption. The gap between rich and poor in Turkey is widened; luckily Turkish billionaires are somewhat less ostentatious compared with other part of the world.

Compiled by:M. Nauman Khan / Ghulam Mohiuddin

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