Macit Özcan

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Macit Özcan, (born 1954 in Karataş, Adana Province, Turkey) is a Turkish politician of the Republican People's Party (CHP) and the former mayor of Mersin.

After his secondary education in Adana, he graduated in civil engineering from Cukurova University. He went on to work as a civil engineer in the Ministry of Public Works and Housing. He has lived in Mersin since 1980.

He was elected Mayor of Mersin in 1999. He successfully stood for a third term in the March 2009 election. [1] But in 2014 (partially because of the change in the election territory borders) he lost the elections. Özcan has been accused of being a "political octopus" and prone to corruption and dishonesty. [2]

Committed to improving relations with his Arab neighbours, in 2006 Özcan launched a ferry service to the Syrian port of Latakia, which is one of Mersin's twin cities. [3]

He is married with two children.


  1. ^ "Voters send strong message in the poll booths". Sabah. 2009-03-30. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  2. ^ "3 parties vie for mayor in Mersin". Timeturk. 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  3. ^ "New Mersin, Turkey, to Latakia, Syria, Ferry Launched". Joe's Ramblings. 2006-06-26. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 

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