Cahit Aral

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Hüseyin Cahit Aral
Minister of Industry and Commerce
In office
December 13, 1983 – December 21, 1987
Prime Minister Turgut Özal
Preceded by Mehmet Turgut
Succeeded by Şükrü Yürür
Personal details
Born 1927
Elazığ, Turkey
Died November 1, 2011(2011-11-01) (aged 83–84)
Resting place Zincirlikuyu Cemetery
Political party Motherland Party
Alma mater Istanbul Technical University

Hüseyin Cahit Aral (1927 – November 1, 2011) was a Turkish engineer, politician and former government minister.

Cahit Aral was born 1927 in Elazığ to primary school teacher parents Fatma and Hakkı Aral. His was named in honor of the writer and journalist Hüseyin Cahit Yalçın (1875–1957). He graduated from the Istanbul Technical University.[1]

Cahit Aral entered politic after working some years in the industry. He was among the founders of the Motherland Party (ANAP), which was established after the 1980 Turkish coup d'état. He served as Minister of Industry of Commerce in the cabinet of Turgut Özal.[2]

He is remembered for his message "Don't worry!" while drinking a glass of tea in front of the cameras following the Chernobyl disaster that occurred on April 26, 1986, and downplaying the disaster's possible risk effects on human health caused by radioactivity released into the environment in the Black Sea Region, where Turkey's tea plantations are located.[3] For this reason, he was nicknamed "Bekerel Cahit" (Cahit the Becquerel).[2][4]

Cahit Aral died of heart failure on November 1, 2011 in Istanbul.[3] He was laid to rest at the Zincirlikuyu Cemetery on November 3, 2011 following a state funeral and the religious funeral service at Levent Mosque.[5]


  1. "Hüseyin Cahit Aral ( 1927)" (in Turkish). Biyografi. Retrieved 2011-11-01. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Eski Bakan Cahit Aral vefat etti!". Haber Türk (in Turkish). 2011-11-01. Retrieved 2011-11-01. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Cahit Aral vefat etti". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2011-11-01. Retrieved 2011-11-01. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Berberoğlu, Oya (1999-08-22). "Oya Berberoğlu: Deprem bölgesinde 100 bin marka acele satılık yazlık". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2011-11-01. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Eski Bakan Cahit Aral, Son Yolculuğuna Uğurlandı". Son Dakika (in Turkish). 2011-11-03. Retrieved 2011-11-04. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Political offices
Preceded by
Mehmet Turgut
Minister of Industry of Commerce
December 13, 1983 – December 21, 1987
Succeeded by
Şükrü Yürür