Interview with Dr. Oktay Vural (Part II):
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) on the Bipolar Political Axis:
Nationalist Movement’s Current Political Basis, Red Lines and Evaluations on the Current Agenda
As Centre for Policy and Research on Turkey (Research Turkey), we conducted an interview – to be published in two parts – with Dr. Oktay Vural, MHP (Nationalist Movement Party) deputy from İzmir and the Group Deputy Chairman in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM). Mr Vural has held offices as a politician and a legist, as well as a bureaucrat and an academician; he served as Turkish Minister of Transportation from August 2001 onwards at the coalition government, consisting of Democratic Left Party (DSP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), and Motherland Party (ANAP) that lasted between 1999 and 2002. He began his bureaucratic career at State Planning Organization of Turkey (DPT) in 1980, and proceeded as a high-ranking official in various departments. Vural completed his Bachelor’s in the Department of Law at Istanbul University, received his Ph.D. in Economics at İzmir Dokuz Eylül University in 1987, and later served as an Assistant Professor at this university. Once elected as a MHP member of the TBMM at the 1999 General Election, Vural has taken on several important tasks within his party, and still fiercely advocates for MHP’s policies to this date as the Group Deputy Chairman. In this second part of our interview with Mr. Vural, of which the first part was published a couple of weeks ago and has attracted great interest, we start by discussing why MHP led Turkey to an early election in 2002 and continue with the current political issues, reviewing the important recent developments.