Muhsin Yazıcıoğlu

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Muhsin Yazıcıoğlu
Born (1954-12-31) December 31, 1954 (age 64)
Şarkışla, Turkey
Allegiance  Turkey
Service/branch 25px Turkish Gendarmerie
Years of service 1972-1990
Rank Army-TUR-OR-07b.svg Staff Sergeant (Astsubay Üstçavuş)
Unit Jandarma Özel Harekat (2nd Special Operations Battalion)

Muhsin Yazıcıoğlu (December 31, 1954 – March 25, 2009) was a Turkish politician and member of the Parliament of Turkey. He was the leader and founder of the Great Union Party (BBP), a right-wing, nationalist-Islamist political party.[1][2]

Yazıcıoğlu was born 1954 in a small village named Elmalı in Şarkışla of Sivas Province. He studied in Şarkışla from primary school to high school after that he was educated at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Ankara University. He was a member of Grey Wolves during the 1970s. In 1972 he was conscripted into the Turkish Gendarmerie forces as internal security troops, and later was selected for Special Forces in 1975. He continued serving after his compulsory service for 18 years and reached the rank of Staff Sergeant in 1986 and appointed as a Platoon second-in-command of the bodyguard platoon to the General Commander of the Gendarmerie Forces Burhanettin Bigalı in 1987, until he was released in 1990. In the same capacity he also served as an aide-de-camp to the Gendarmerie Chief. After his retirement he immediately entered politics.

Yazıcıoğlu died on March 25, 2009, in a helicopter crash[1][2] in the south-eastern Turkish province of Kahramanmaraş, after a political rally there on the way to the next rally in Yozgat just four days before the local elections.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Turkey's Grand Unity Party leader Muhsin Yazicioglu feared dead in helicopter crash". Reuters. The Australian. 2009-03-26. Retrieved 2009-03-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Turkey's BBP confirms Yazicioglu also died in copter crash". WB News Desk. World Bulletin. 2009-03-28. Retrieved 2009-03-28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Party political offices
Preceded by
Leader of the Great Union Party (BBP)
Jan 29, 1993–Mar 25, 2009
Succeeded by
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