Governor of Istanbul

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Governor of Istanbul
İstanbul Valiliği
SeatIstanbul Governor's Office
AppointerPresident of Turkey
On the recommendation of the Turkish government
Term lengthNo fixed term
Inaugural holderEsat Bey
WebsiteOffice of the Governor
Map of the Province of İstanbul, showing the provincial districts.

The governor of Istanbul (Turkish: İstanbul Valiliği) is the civil service state official responsible for both national government and state affairs in the Province of Istanbul. Similar to the governors of the 80 other provinces of Turkey, the governor of Istanbul is appointed by the Government of Turkey and is responsible for the implementation of government legislation within Istanbul. The governor is also the most senior commander of both the Istanbul provincial police force and the Istanbul Gendarmerie.


The governor of Istanbul is appointed by the President of Turkey, who confirms the appointment after recommendation from the Turkish Government. The Ministry of the Interior first considers and puts forward possible candidates for approval by the cabinet. The governor of Istanbul is therefore not a directly elected position and instead functions as the most senior civil servant in the Province of Istanbul.[1]

Term limits[edit]

The governor is not limited by any term limits and does not serve for a set length of time. Instead, the governor serves at the pleasure of the Government, which can appoint or reposition the governor whenever it sees fit. Such decisions are again made by the cabinet of Turkey. The governor of Istanbul, as a civil servant, may not have any close connections or prior experience in Istanbul Province. It is not unusual for governors to alternate between several different provinces during their bureaucratic career.


The governor of Istanbul has both bureaucratic functions and influence over local government. The main role of the governor is to oversee the implementation of decisions by government ministries, constitutional requirements and legislation passed by Grand National Assembly within the provincial borders. The governor also has the power to reassign, remove or appoint officials of a certain number of public offices and has the right to alter the role of certain public institutions if they see fit. Governors are also the most senior public official within the Province, meaning that they preside over any public ceremonies or provincial celebrations being held due to a national holiday. As the commander of the provincial police and Gendarmerie forces, the governor can also take decisions designed to limit civil disobedience and preserve public order. Although mayors of municipalities and councillors are elected during local elections, the governor has the right to re-organise or to inspect the proceedings of local government despite being an unelected position.[2]

List of governors of Istanbul[edit]

Governors of Istanbul[3]
No. Name Took office Left office
1 Mithat Bey 24 December 1927 11 July 1928
2 Muhittin Üstündağ 14 July 1928 4 December 1938
3 Lütfi Kırdar 5 December 1938 20 October 1949
4 Fahrettin Kerim Gökay 24 October 1946 26 November 1957
5 Mümtaz Tarhan 29 November 1957 11 May 1958
6 Ethem Yetkiner 14 May 1958 27 May 1960
7 Refik Tulga 27 May 1960 26 February 1962
8 Niyazı Akı 6 March 1962 18 January 1966
9 Vefa Poyraz 18 January 1966 2 June 1973
10 Namık Kemal Şentürk 26 June 1973 25 October 1977
11 İhsan Tekin 7 February 1978 9 April 1979
12 Orhan Erbuğ 29 May 1979 6 December 1979
13 Nevzat Ayaz 7 December 1979 18 January 1988
14 B. Cahit Bayar 18 January 1988 19 August 1991
15 Hayri Kozakçıoğlu 19 August 1991 1 November 1995
16 Rıdvan Yenişen 4 November 1995 24 July 1997
17 Kutlu Aktaş 24 July 1997 4 August 1998
18 Erol Çakır 6 August 1998 16 February 2003
19 Muammer Güler 17 February 2003 31 March 2010
20 Hüseyin Avni Mutlu 31 March 2010 25 September 2014
21 Vasip Şahin 25 September 2014 1 November 2018
22 Ali Yerlikaya 1 November 2018 4 June 2023
23 Davut Gül 5 June 2023

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Valinin Görevleri Nelerdir ?". Büyüteç. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Vali". Türkçe Bilgi. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Görev Yapmış Valilerimiz". Governor of İstanbul. Archived from the original on 3 July 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015.

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