Istanbul, Turkey – Mesut Yilmaz, a former prime minister, died at the age of 73 in the hospital where he was being treated.

Former ANAP Chairman and former prime minister Mesut Yilmaz died in hospital where he was being treated.

A routine health check by Mesut Yilmaz in January of last year found a tumor in his lung. As a result of the operation on January 23, 2019, the cancerous tumor was cleared.

Mesut Yilmaz, 73, who was found to have a brain stem tumor in May 2020, was undergoing treatment after surgery.

In a statement from the hospital where Yilmaz died, “as you all know, Mr. Ahmet Mesut Yilmaz, one of the former prime ministers of the TC, has succumbed to his struggle for about 2 years due to lung cancer and medical conditions that developed after it, and has received the mercy of the right. We ask his grieving family and their loved ones to be patient. Thank you for the head of the Turkish nation,” he said.

It is known that Mesut Yılmaz, who was born in Istanbul in 1947, was originally from Rizeli. Mesut Yilmaz, a former leader of the Fatherland party, had previously served as prime minister. Mesut Yilmaz was one of the founding members of the Fatherland party.

He was born on 6 November 1947 in Istanbul. He started his secondary education at Austrian high school and finished at Istanbul Boys ‘ High School. He graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of Finance and Economics in 1971. Between 1972 and 1974, he did graduate work at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne, Germany. Between 1975 and 1983, he worked as a manager in various private companies in the chemical, textile and transportation sectors.

He was a founding member and Deputy Leader of the Fatherland party, which was founded in May 1983. He was elected as a member of Parliament for Rize in the general election held in November of the same year. He was appointed to the State Ministry responsible for information in the first Turgut Ozal government and served as a government spokesman. He became Minister of Culture and Tourism in 1986. During this period, he chaired the joint economic commissions of Turkey-Federal Germany and Turkey-Yugoslavia. Although he was on the Dalan side in the separation between Turgut Özal and Bedrettin Dalan, which took place in ANAP in 1986, he did not confront Özal.

He was re-elected MP for Rize in the elections of 29 November 1987. He was appointed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the second Ozal government. After 1988, he was vice-president of the European Union for Democracy. Yilmaz resigned from this position, which he also assumed in the Akbulut government, on February 20, 1990.

He was elected president at the Great Congress of the Fatherland Party (Anavatan Party) held on 15 June 1991. The government he founded received a vote of confidence in the General Assembly of the Turkish Grand National Assembly on July 5, 1991. After the general elections on 20 October 1991, he continued his work as leader of the main opposition party.