Europe

Turkish politician Korkut Ozal dies at 87; had led Democrats

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 1998 file photo, Korkut Ozal, a former Turkish government minister and brother of Turkey's late president Turgut Ozal, speaks in Ankara, Turkey. Turkey's state-run news agency says Ozal has died at 87.  The Anadolu Agency says Ozal died early Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, at his home in Istanbul of respiratory and circulatory failure.(AP Photo/File)

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 1998 file photo, Korkut Ozal, a former Turkish government minister and brother of Turkey's late president Turgut Ozal, speaks in Ankara, Turkey. Turkey's state-run news agency says Ozal has died at 87. The Anadolu Agency says Ozal died early Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, at his home in Istanbul of respiratory and circulatory failure.(AP Photo/File)  (The Associated Press)

Turkey's state-run news agency says Korkut Ozal, a former Turkish government minister and brother of Turkey's late president Turgut Ozal, has died at 87.

The Anadolu Agency says Ozal died early Wednesday at his home in Istanbul of respiratory and circulatory failure.

Ozal, who trained as an engineer, served as agriculture minister twice in the 1970s and was briefly interior minister from 1977-1978.

He was elected to parliament as a legislator in 1995, two years after his brother Turgut's death. Ozal later chaired the small center-right Democrat Party from 1997 until his retirement from politics in 2001.

His funeral is scheduled for Nov. 4 in Istanbul.