16th government of Turkey

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Hasan Saka

The 16th government of Turkey (10 September 1947 – 10 June 1948) was a government in the history of Turkey. It is also called the first Saka government.


Recep Peker of the Republican People's Party (CHP), who was the previous prime minister, resigned on 9 September 1947 after a harsh discussions in the parliament. İsmet İnönü, the president, assigned Hasan Saka, a more moderate politician, as the prime minister. Saka's government was, however, similar to that of Peker.

The government[edit]

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

Title[1][2] Name Notes
Prime Minister Hasan Saka
Deputy Prime Minister Faik Ahmet Barutçu
Minister of State Abdülhalik Renda
Ministry of Justice Şinasi Devrin
Ministry of National Defense and Navy Münir Birsel
Ministry of the Interior Hüsrev Göle
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Necmettin Sadak
Ministry of Finance Nazmi Keşmir
Şevket Adalan
10 September 1947 – 23 March 1948
27 March 1948 – 10 June 1948
Ministry of National Education Şemsettin Sirer
Ministry of Public Works Kasım Gülek
Ministry of Health and Social Security Behçet Uz
Ministry of Customs and Monopolies Şevki Adalan
Ministry of Economy Cavit Ekin
Ministry of Agriculture Tahsin Coşkan
Ministry of Transport Şükrü Koçak
Ministry of Commerce Nedim Gündüzalp
Ministry of Labour Bekir Balta


Saka was criticized as too mild to struggle against the Democrat Party opposition. He resigned on 8 July 1948. However, ten days later, he founded his second government.


Preceded by
15th government of Turkey
(Recep Peker)
16th Government of Turkey
10 September 1947 – 10 June 1948
Succeeded by
17th government of Turkey
(Hasan Saka)