Politician, statesman, academician. He was born in Osmaniye in 1948. He is a member of a large family known as Fettahogullari in his region. He completed his primary school education in Osmaniye, his secondary school education in Istanbul and his university education in Ankara Economic and Commercial Sciences Academy. He worked as economics lecture assistant at Ankara Economic and Commercial Sciences Academy and other schools connected to this since 1972. He completed his doctoral degree in Gazi University, Social Sciences Institute, in the field of economics. He continued with his profession as a lecturer until 1987 at Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Department of Economic Policy. He was interested and conducted research on Turkish and world economy, Turkish history and foreign policy. He continued with his active political life and academic works simultaneously. While Devlet Bahceli was a student at Ankara Economic and Commercial Sciences Academy in 1967; he took part in the establishment of Grey Wolves and contributed as an executive.
He worked as the general secretary of Turkish National Students' Federation between the years 1970-1971. In 1970s, he was among the founders of Nationalist Financers and Economists Association, University, Academy and Occupational Schools' Assistants Association (UMID-BIR) and Occupational Schools Assistants Association (UNAY) and also worked as president in these organizations. Devlet Bahceli resigned from his position at the university on April 17, 1987. He was elected into the party administration on April 19, 1987 in Milliyetçi Çalışma Partisi (MÇP) and became the general secretary of the party. Bahceli continued with his work in administrative positions at MÇP and Milliyetçi Hareket Partisi (MHP) where he worked as general secretary, vice president, central executive board member, central decision board member and president consultancy. He was elected as MHP President in MHP's Fifth Extraordinary Congress on July 6, 1997. MHP was the second biggest party after 1999 elections and a coalition government was established between Demokratik Sol Parti (DSP) and Anavatan Partisi (ANAP). Bahceli was the vice prime minister during this period (28.05.1999-18.11.2002). MHP was left out of the parliament after November 3, 2002 elections and he continued his position as MHP President.
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