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12th government of Turkey

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12th government of Turkey

The 12th government of Turkey (3 April 1939 – 9 July 1942) governed Turkey during the early years of the Second World War. It is also known as the second Saydam government.



The government was formed after the general elections held on 26 March. The prime minister was Refik Saydam, secretary general of the Republican People’s Party. He was also the prime minister of the previous caretaker government.

The government

In the list below, the cabinet members who served only a part of the cabinet's lifespan are shown in the column "Notes".


Refik Saydan died on 7 July 1942. He is the only prime minister in the history of Turkey who has died while serving as the prime minister. Ahmet Fikri Tüzer served as the acting prime minister for two days, and another cabinet was formed by Şükrü Saracoğlu on 9 July.


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