Kenan Evren

Turkish general (1917-2015)

Ahmet Kenan Evren (17 July 1917 – 9 May 2015), was a Turkish politician who served as the 7th President of Turkey. He was a former Turkish general and the leader of the coup d'état on 12 September 1980.

Kenan Evren
Kenan Evren during the state visit to the United States in June 1988
7th President of Turkey
In office
12 September 1980 – 9 November 1989
Prime MinisterBülend Ulusu
Turgut Özal
Preceded byFahri Korutürk
Succeeded byTurgut Özal
Chief of the General Staff of Turkey
In office
7 March 1978 – 1 July 1983
Preceded bySemih Sancar
Succeeded byNurettin Ersin
Commander of the Turkish Army
In office
5 September 1977 – 6 March 1978
Preceded bySemih Sancar
Succeeded byNurettin Ersin
Personal details
Born(1917-07-17)17 July 1917
Alaşehir, Ottoman Empire
Died9 May 2015(2015-05-09) (aged 97)
Ankara, Turkey
Cause of deathGastrointestinal bleeding induced by bradycardia and proctocolectomy
Resting placeTurkish State Cemetery
(m. 1944⁠–⁠1982)
Military service
Allegiance Turkey
Branch/service Turkish Land Forces
Years of service1938–1983

On 18 June 2014, Evren and General Tahsin Şahinkaya were given life sentences because of their roles in the 1980 coup. Evren and Şahinkaya had both of their military ranks stripped and both were demoted to rank of Private.[1]

Evren died at a military hospital in Ankara of gastrointestinal hemorrhage on 9 May 2015, aged 97.[2]


  1. "1980 Coup Leaders Given Life Sentences in Turkey". ABC News. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
  2. "Former Turkish president Evren dies aged 97" Archived 2015-05-09 at, Reuters, 9 May 2015.