Mustafa Abdulhalik Renda

Politician from Turkey

Mustafa Abdülhalik Renda (1881 – October 1, 1957) was a Turkish civil servant and politician, and a close co-worker of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Abdülhalik Renda was born in Ioannina. From 1903 to 1918, he served in several towns and cities of the Ottoman Empire as district governor and province governor. He was responsible for the destruction of the Armenians of Bitlis province. During his tenure as governor of Aleppo later in the war, he was instrumental in shipping Armenians off to their death in Der Zor. In 1918, he was exiled for six months to Malta. Following his return, he was appointed undersecretary in the Ministry of Economy and then in Ministry of Interior. He became Governor of Konya, before he was appointed the first Governor of İzmir after the Turkish forces re-captured the city from withdrawing Greek troops. From 1923 on, he was Deputy of Çankırı for five consecutive terms. Abdülhalik Renda served as Minister of Finance and Defense in several cabinets from 1923 to 1935, and later from 1946 to 1948. He was elected Speaker of the parliament on March 1, 1935, and served until August 5, 1946. Abdülhalik Renda died on October 1, 1957 in Erenköy, Istanbul. He was laid to rest  ( Wikipedia article )


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