Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Turkey 

Mr. Nurettin Canikli, was born on 15 May 1960 in Alucra, Giresun province of Turkey. He completed his early education in Alucra. He later studied in the Giresun Religious Vocational High School between 1974 and 1978. In 1978, he began studying in the Faculty of Political Sciences at Ankara University and received his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance in 1982.

He was appointed as assistant auditor at Ministry of Finance in 1982 and promoted to the auditor position in 1985 after passing a proficiency exam. Following the compulsory military service, in 1989, he started his studies at Sheffield University in the UK, and received his master’s degree on banking-money and finance in 1991.

He was promoted to chief auditor in 1993 and served as the Director of the DG Revenues, followed by being promoted to Deputy DG in 1996. He was appointed as the Istanbul provincial treasurer in 1997.

He published various articles on economy and finance in the national newspaper ‘Yeni Şafak’ between 1997 and 2002 on a daily basis.

He is a member of the founders’ council of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and was elected as Member of Parliament from Giresun province at the general elections on 3 November 2002. He served as the MP of Giresun province during the 22nd, 23rd and 24th terms.

During the 22nd term, he served as the Deputy Chairman for Social Affairs of AK Party and the Director of the Commission for State Economic Enterprises of the Turkish Grand National Assembly. He also held the Group Deputy Chairman position of the AK Party during the 23rd and 24th terms.

Mr. Canikli served as the Minister of Customs and Trade for the 62nd Government.

Following the elections on 1 November 2015, he was reappointed as the Group Deputy Chairman of AK Party.

  Mr. Canikli served as the Deputy Prime Minister in the 65th Government.

  Mr. Canikli was appointed as Defence Minister in the 65th Government.

  Mr. Nurettin Canikli is married with four children. He speaks English.