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Mayor of Istanbul
İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediye Başkanı
Incumbent
Ekrem İmamoğlu
since 27 June 2019
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality
StyleNone, de facto full (given and family) name.[1]
Term lengthFive years, renewable
Inaugural holderPepe Salih Paşa
(Ottoman Empire)
Haydar Yuluğ
(Republic of Turkey)
Formation13 July 1855
11 July 1958
26 March 1984
(As Metropolitan Municipality)
Websiteibb.istanbul

This is a list of mayors of Istanbul, Turkey. This covers the Ottoman Empire to the modern day Republic of Turkey; the name of the city in English is Constantinople during the Ottoman period and in the Republican era until c. 1930.

Ottoman Empire

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During 1453–1858

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In the Ottoman Empire, the duty of municipal government was the responsibility of the "Şehremini", a mayor-like leader, and local religious judges, "Kadı".

The first mayor of Ottoman Constantinople after the conquest on May 29, 1453 was Hızırbey Çelebi. Until 1858, the capital of the Ottoman Empire was governed by a total of 422 kadis.

Tanzimat period (1858–1876)

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The idea to establish a municipality organization based on Western standards was first discussed in 1854 during the Crimean War when diplomats and journalists of allied nations came to Constantinople. Later, the parliament accepted a law for the establishment of the office of a mayor and a city council.

Salih Paşa received the first title of the new, modern Şehremini on July 13, 1858, and governed until November 4, 1858. During the Tanzimat period, 18 mayors took office.

First constitutional monarchy (1876–1908)

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In 1876, as First constitutional monarchy was proclaimed, Kadri Paşa was the mayor of Constantinople. During this period 10 mayors governed Constantinople.

Second constitutional monarchy (1908–1923)

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During the reign of Young Turks, between 1908–1918 and until the foundation of the republic, 23 mayors served in the capital.

Republic of Turkey

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No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Political party Notes
Took office Left office Time in office
Governors as mayors (1923–1960)
1 Haydar Yuluğ
(1878–1937)
15 April 1923 8 June 1924 1 year, 54 days CHP After the proclamation of the republic on October 29, 1923, the governor of the city was charged with the duties as deputy mayor.
2 Emin Erkul
(1881–1964)
June 8 1924 October 12 1928 4 years, 126 days
3 Mühittin Üstündağ
(1884–1953)
October 14 1928 December 4 1938 10 years, 53 days With the municipality act of April 3, 1930, the title of mayor was abandoned and the governor of Istanbul province took over the duties of the mayor. The two separate councils of the province and the municipality were unified.
4 'Lütfi Kırdar'
(1889–1961)
December 8 1938 October 16 1949 10 years, 312 days
5 Fahrettin Kerim Gökay
(1900–1987)
October 24 1949 October 26 1957 8 years, 2 days Independent The two councils were reestablished on March 1, 1957
Kemal Hadımlı
(1908–19??)
July 12 1957 October 5 1957 85 days DP Deputy Governor of Istanbul, appointed as acting mayor.
6 Mümtaz Tarhan
(1908–1970)
November 29 1957 May 11 1958 163 days
7 Ethem Yetkiner
(1912–1973)
May 14 1958 December 24 1958 224 days
8 Kemal Aygün
(1914–1979)
December 25 1958 May 27 1960 1 year, 154 days
Mayors during the military rule (1960–1963)
9 Refik Tulga
(1907–1981)
May 27 1960 June 14 1960 18 days Military
10 Şefik Erensü
(1912–1989)
June 14 1960 September 24 1960 102 days
(9) Refik Tulga
(1907–1981)
September 24 1960 February 26 1962 1 year, 155 days
11 Turan Ertuğ February 27 1962 March 16 1962 17 days (Deputy)
12 Kamuran Görgün March 18 1962 January 30 1963 318 days
Kadri İlkay January 30 1963 January 31 1963 1 day (Deputy)
Niyazi Akı
(1913–1992)
January 31 1963 February 28 1963 28 days (Deputy)
13 Necdet Uğur
(1923–2004)
February 28 1963 December 9 1963 284 days
Elected mayors of Istanbul Municipality (1963–1980)
14 Haşim İşcan
(1898–1968)
December 10 1963 March 11 1968 4 years, 92 days CHP The municipality act of July 27, 1963, enabled the election of the mayor. The polls held on November 17, 1963, were the first regional elections to elect the mayor.
'Faruk Ilgaz'
(1922–2014)
March 12 1968 June 6 1968 86 days AP (Deputy)
15 Fahri Atabey
(1913–1994)
June 8 1968 December 9 1973 5 years, 184 days
16 'Ahmet İsvan'
(1923–2017)
December 14 1973 December 11 1977 3 years, 362 days CHP
17 Aytekin Kotil
(1934–1992)
December 14 1977 September 12 1980 2 years, 273 days
Mayors during the military rule (1980–1984)
18 'İsmail Hakki Akansel'
(1924–2016)
September 12 1980 August 30 1981 352 days Military
19 'Ecmel Kutay'
(1927–1998)
August 30 1981 March 24 1982 206 days
20 Abdullah Tırtıl
(1923–1996)
March 24 1982 March 26 1984 2 years, 2 days
Elected mayors of Istanbul Municipality (1984–present)
21 Bedrettin Dalan
(born 1941)
26 March 1984 28 March 1989 5 years, 2 days ANAP On March 8, 1984, the metropolitan municipality act was put into force and on March 23 the municipality of Greater Istanbul was established.
22 Nurettin Sözen
(born 1937)
28 March 1989 27 March 1994 4 years, 364 days SHP
23 Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
(born 1954)
27 March 1994 6 November 1998 4 years, 224 days RP/FP Elected in the 1994 election. Sacked after being sentenced to 10 months in jail.[2]
24 Ali Müfit Gürtuna
(born 1952)
12 November 1998 28 March 2004 5 years, 137 days FP
(until 2001)
Elected by the city council.[3]
Independent
(from 2001)
25 Kadir Topbaş
(1945–2021)
28 March 2004 22 September 2017 13 years, 179 days AKP Re-elected twice (in 2009 and 2014). Resigned at the request of AKP and incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.[4]
26 Mevlüt Uysal
(born 1966)
22 September 2017 17 April 2019 1 year, 207 days AKP Elected by the city council.[5]
27 Ekrem İmamoğlu
(born 1970)
17 April 2019 6 May 2019 19 days CHP Elected in the March 2019 election. Election annulled by the Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) on 6 May 2019.
Ali Yerlikaya
(born 1968)
Acting
7 May 2019 27 June 2019 51 days Independent Governor of Istanbul, appointed as acting mayor.
(27) Ekrem İmamoğlu
(born 1970)
27 June 2019 Incumbent 5 years, 21 days CHP Re-elected in the June 2019 re-run election and 2024 Turkish local elections.

See also

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References

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  1. ^ "Başkan". ibb.istanbul (in Turkish). Retrieved 2023-04-09.
  2. ^ "Erdoğan'ın başkanlığı hukuken bitti".
  3. ^ "İstanbul'a yeni başkan".
  4. ^ İSTANBUL, Fatma AKSU /. "Kadir Topbaş istifa etti.. Ak Parti'nin yeni başkan adayı o mu olacak?". www.hurriyet.com.tr.
  5. ^ "Son dakika: İBB Başkanlığı'na Mevlüt Uysal seçildi!". Sabah.