Politician who became a member of the parliament of Turkey in 2007. He became the leader of Turkey's Peoples' Democratic Party but was arrested and sentenced to 4 years and 8 months prison time in 2018.
He studied maritime commerce and management at Dokuz Eylül University.
He published a collection of short stories titled Seher.
He and his wife Başak Demirtaş had two children.
Both he and Recep Tayyip Erdogan were born in Turkey.