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Hasan Polatkan (1915 — September 16, 1961) was a Turkish politician and Minister of Labor and Finance, who was executed by hanging after the coup d'état in 1960 along with two other cabinet members.

Biography

He was born 1915 in Eskişehirmarker, Turkeymarker. He studied political science at Istanbul Universitymarker. After his graduation in 1936, Polatkan worked at the state-owned Ziraat Bank as inspector.

He entered politics and was elected in 1946 deputy of Eskişehir into the Turkish Grand National Assemblymarker for the Democratic Party. He served in the cabinet of Prime Minister Adnan Menderes as Minister of Labor (May 22, 1950 - December 14, 1950) and later twice as Minister of Finance (December 14, 1950 - December 9, 1955 and December 3, 1956 - May 27, 1960) until the Turkish Armed Forces staged a coup and ousted the 19th government.

He was arrested with Menderes in Kütahyamarker, charged with corruption and violating the constitution along with some other party members, and put on trial on the island of Yassıada. Polatkan was sentenced to death and hanged on the island of İmralımarker on September 16, 1961, as were Adnan Menderes and Fatin Rüştü Zorlu. Many years after his death, his grave was moved to a mausoleum in Istanbulmarker on September 17, 1990 along with Menderes' and Zorlu's remains.

He was survived by his wife and a child. A boulevard in Eskişehir is named after him.

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