Süleyman Soylu Turkish Republic Minister of Interior Biography İnformation About
Süleyman Soylu was born in Istanbul on November 21, 1969. After completing Plevne High School, he continued his higher education at Karadeniz Technical University and graduated from Business Administration Faculty of Istanbul University.
Mr. Soylu began his political career in 1987 at Istanbul Youth Branch of the True Path Party (DYP). In 1995, he was elected as the Gaziosmanpaşa District Head of the party. He announced his candidacy for the mayor of Gaziosmanpaşa municipality in 1999. He served as Istanbul Provincial Head of the DYP between 1999-2002.
Mr. Soylu was elected as General Chair of the Democratic Party on January 6, 2008. His term as General Chair was ended on May 16, 2009 at the Congress which was gathered upon his own request.
He was convinced that the constitutional reform package which was made into a referendum on September 12, 2010 was vital for Turkey’s democratic transformation. In order to explain why “yes” vote is important for the future of Turkey, he organized a series of seminars under the title of “Democracy Meetings” and travelled around the country.
After a while Soylu got an invitation from Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Chairman and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to rejoin active politics. Mr. Soylu joined Justice and AK Party on September 5, 2012. After acting as Deputy Chairman in charge of Research and Development for one and half years, he was appointed as the Deputy Chairman responsible for Party Organization on April 15, 2014.
He was elected as AK Party deputy from Trabzon at General Parliamentary Elections held on June 7, 2015 and November 1, 2015. Mr. Soylu has been appointed as the Minister of Labour and Social Security on November 24, 2015.
Süleyman Soylu started his business carrier with a joint venture that he established with school friends in 1989, he still pursues his own enterprise that was founded in 1995.
Minister Soylu is married and has a daughter and a son.
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