Tuna Bekleviç – “No” Party, Chairman, No Party 

 

Tuna Bekleviç was born in Edirne in 1977. He graduated from İstanbul Bilgi University School of Economics. Immediately after graduation, Tuna has started to assume significant senior responsibilities in academy, NGOs and business life.

 

Mr. Bekleviç served as the Chairman of Executive Board in Platform for Turkish Economists between 1999-2005, Society and Democracy Association between 2004-2006 and he was the founder and first chairman of İstanbul Bilgi University Alumni Association between 2005-2006. He is an U.S. State Alumnus 2005 (US State Department IVLP Program)


Beklevic was the founding leader and Chairman of Güçlü Türkiye Partisi (Strong Turkey Political Party) in 2006. The party was based on “more freedom and more democracy”. Although the party opened branches in 33 cities, due to the early election call, the party could not participate in the election in 2007.

Since 2007, Bekleviç is the Founding Chairman of International Forum for Democracy and Peace (IFDP) and “Edirne Gönüllüleri”, a grass-root organization based in Edirne, Turkey that mobilizes youth participation in local policy making processes by reaching out to constituencies living in rural parts of the city with a door-to-door approach.

On 2011 general election, he was nominated by the ruling AK Party in Edirne as the second choice. In the same year, he was appointed as advisor to the European Minister.

 

Alongside his published articles in national journals, Bekleviç is also the author of “Kağızman Modeli’’ published by İstanbul Bilgi University in 2004, “Hedef 2023” published in 2006, “Güçlü Türkiye” published in 2014. Tuna Bekleviç was also a columnist in national daily newspaper “Türkiye” between 2009 and 2012.


On 2017, he founded the No Party to rally against the 2017 referendum in which voters were asked to approve or disapproved the constitutional amendment that altered the country’s system into a presidential one.

Despite legal hurdles, police oppression and Turkish press’ constant ignorance to the cause, Mr.Beklevic managed to visit at least 65 cities, 150 districts and one thousand villages to tell the No Party’s stance on the referendum. These pressures even were documented by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

Mr. Beklevic announced his candidature for the 2019 Presidential Election.