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|5th President of Turkey|
28 March 1966 – 28 March 1973
|Prime Minister||Süleyman Demirel
|Preceded by||Cemal Gürsel|
|Succeeded by||Fahri Korutürk|
|Chief of the General Staff of Turkey|
4 August 1960 – 16 March 1966
|Preceded by||Ragıp Gümüşpala|
|Succeeded by||Cemal Tural|
|Commander of the Turkish Army|
3 June 1960 – 2 August 1960
|Preceded by||Cemal Gürsel|
|Succeeded by||Mehmet Muzaffer Alankuş|
|Born||10 February 1899
Çaykara, Trabzon Vilayet, Ottoman Empire
|Died||22 May 1982(1982-05-22) (aged 83)
|Resting place||Turkish State Cemetery|
|Allegiance|| Ottoman Empire
|Branch/service|| Ottoman Army
Turkish Land Forces
|Battles/wars||World War I Turkish War of Independence|
Early life and career
Sunay was born in 1899 in Trabzon, in the Ottoman Empire. After attending elementary school and middle school in Erzurum and Edirne, he graduated from Kuleli Military High School in Istanbul. During World War I, he fought in 1917 at the Palestine front and became a prisoner of war of the British in Egypt in 1918. After his release, he fought first on the southern front, then on the western front during the Turkish War of Independence.
Sunay completed his military education in 1927, and graduated from the staff college in 1930 as a staff officer. Rising through the ranks to become a general in 1949 and then a four-star general in 1959, he held important military posts. In 1960, he was appointed army chief and later joint chief of staff. On 14 March 1966, he was appointed to the senate by Cemal Gürsel under his presidential contingency.
When Gürsel's presidency was terminated due to ill health in accordance with the constitution, Cevdet Sunay was elected 5th president by the Grand National Assembly of Turkey on 28 March 1966. He maintained his office despite increasing terrorist activity, student riots, and threatened coups. He served the constitutional term of seven years until 28 March 1973 and became then a permanent senator.
Cevdet Sunay was elected as the fifth president by the Grand National Assembly of Turkey on 28 March 1966. His presidential service continued until 28 March 1973 he had to go through some tough times. During 1961 and 1965 Süleyman Demirel, Nihat Erim and Ferit Melen where the most prominent members in Sunay’s administration. Cevdet Sunay resigned as president due to deteriorating health conditions.
- National honours
- Foreign honours
- Empire of Iran : Commemorative Medal of the 2500th Anniversary of the founding of the Persian Empire (14/10/1971).
- : Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath [KCB].
| Commander of the Turkish Army
Mehmet Muzaffer Alankuş
| Chief of the General Staff of Turkey
| President of Turkey
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