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|Mayor of İzmir|
28 March 2004
|Preceded by||Ahmet Piriştina|
Erbaa, Tokat, Turkey
|Political party||Republican People's Party|
|Alma mater||Ege University
Aziz Kocaoğlu (born 1948) is a Turkish politician who has been the Mayor of İzmir, Turkey's third largest city, since 2004.
Life and career
He was born in 1948 at Erbaa in Tokat Province, a landlocked province in the Black Sea Region of Turkey. He graduated from the Economy School of İzmir's Ege University in 1973 and received a master's degree in management from Istanbul University in 1974. Between 1975 and 1978 he was an accountant in a public institution. In 1979, he launched his own business in furniture and ceramics. At the same time, he started his political activities in the frame of the youth branch of CHP. After the general interruption of political activities in the 1980s in Turkey, in 1987 he joined the SHP, which was the country's main center-left party at the time. After SHP and the re-established CHP were merged, he became a CHP member again, pursuing and developing his business activities at the same time.
Rising in the rank and file of CHP's İzmir branch, he was elected as Mayor of Bornova (a metropolitan district of İzmir) after the local elections of 28 March 2004. Following the sudden death of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality mayor Ahmet Piriştina, Kocaoğlu was elected by CHP's İzmir branch to the post of metropolitan mayor in June 2004.
Since then, although drawing a quieter profile than his predecessor, Aziz Kocaoğlu established himself with his orderly conduct of the city's affairs, sound financial management and smooth human relations, as exemplified during the Universiade 2005 games which İzmir had assumed.
Aziz Kocaoğlu is married and has two children.
- "Aziz Kocaoğlu elected İzmir mayor". Anadolu Agency. 21 June 2004. Retrieved 2009-09-22.
- Official website (in Turkish)
|Mayor of İzmir