Ferdi Sabit Soyer was born 5 March 1952. After a career as a trade unionist, Mr. Soyer was first elected to the Parliament in 1985. He remained as an MP until 1990, and returned in 1993 and has served in Parliament ever since. In April 2005, he became Prime Minister, a position he held until May 2009. He has served as elected chairman of the Republican Turkish Party since May 2005.