Mustafa Sarıgül

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Mustafa Sarıgül
Mustafa Sarıgül (cropped).jpg
Mayor of Şişli
In office
18 April 1999 – 30 March 2014
Preceded byCüneyt Akgün
Succeeded byHayri İnönü
Personal details
Born15 November 1956
İliç, Erzincan Province, Turkey
Political partyRepublican People's Party
Spouse(s)Gülsüm Köksaloğlu  (died)
Aylin Kotil (divorced)
ResidenceŞişli, Istanbul

Mustafa Sarıgül (born 15 November 1956) is a writer, entrepreneur and politician. He was the mayor of the Şişli district in Istanbul between 1999 and 2014. He is recently embroiled in a legal battle with the current mayor of Şişli who accused Sarigul for threatening the life of his family.[1]


Mustafa Sarıgül comes from Eastern Anatolia Region, where he grew up and visited the local school. As a young boy he herded sheep. In 1962 his family moved to Istanbul, where he saw his father, who worked as a bouncer and warehouse worker, for the first time. He studied at Marmara University professorship. He started his professional career directing İstanbul Elektrik Tramvay ve Tünel, a local transport company.

Political career[edit]

In the parliamentary elections in 1987, he was elected as a member of the Social Democratic Populist Party (SHP) with a record vote in the city of Istanbul as the youngest Member of Parliament of Turkey.

Between 1999 and 2002 Sarıgül was a member of the Democratic Left Party (DSP) under Prime Minister Bülent Ecevit. On 19 April 1999, he was overwhelmingly elected mayor of Şişli, as the successor of Cuneyt Akgun. In 2002, he joined the Yeni Türkiye Partisi (New Turkey Party) of Foreign Minister İsmail Cem İpekçi, before he became a member of the Republican People's Party (CHP) in 2003. Within the CHP Sarıgül was an internal party rival of chairman Deniz Baykal. Due to that background he later was expelled from the party in 2005. He was involved in a fistfight with some of the delegates during the 2005 General Assembly of CHP that tarnished his potentials to get involved with national politics of Turkey.[2] After a period as an independent, he announced in 2008 to become again a member of the Democratic Left Party.

In 2009 he founded a new political movement called Turkey's Change Movement (Türkiye Değişim Hareketi) and began to transform it into a new political party. Since Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu is the party leader, Sarıgül cooperates within the CHP.

He unsuccessfully ran for mayor of the metropolitan municipality of Istanbul from the Republican People's Party in the local elections of 2014.

In the local elections of 2019 he ran for mayor of Şişli for the DSP and reached the 2nd place.

Personal life[edit]

Mustafa Sarıgül first wife Gülsüm Köksaloğlu died early. He has divorced from his second wife Aylin Kotil in 2008 and has two children. [3] He is the author of two books; TBMM'de Bir Milletvekili and İstanbul'da Direksiyon Sallamak.[4]

Corruption Charges[edit]

Sarigul was elected into the Turkish Parliament in 1987 as the youngest MP and as member of SHP. Another MP from SHP, Tevfik Kocak, made a request to investigate corruption and bribery charges related to the procurement of military aircraft. Claims are made later by Tevfik Kocak, that Sarigul made another request to the parliament falsifying Kocak's signature to withdraw the claim about the corruption charges. Sarigul was dismissed from SHP in 1992.[5]

Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi prepared a report in 2005 with details of bribery and corruption claims in the Sisli municipality. He was dismissed from the CHP in 2005.[6]

Can Atakli, a columnist applying to CHP, running for mayorship in Istanbul in 2013, questioned Sarigul's connections with Soros and Gulen Movement, requesting Sarigul to publicize the financial support he receives from businessmen.[7]


Mustafa Sarıgül is author of two books;

  • TBMM'de Bir Milletvekili
  • İstanbul'da Direksiyon Sallamak[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Şişli Mayor İnönü: I won't confirm or deny the threatening calls". Archived from the original on 2015-01-11.
  2. ^ Iste 13. CHP Kongre Muharebesi Fotograflari (in Turkish)
  3. ^ Sarigul'un Ayrildigi Esi Aylin Kotil Ilk Kez Konustu (in Turkish)
  4. ^ reference of his books Archived 2012-05-25 at the Wayback Machine (in Turkish)
  5. ^ "Mustafa Sarıgül'ü Baykal'dan önce Erdal İnönü ihraç etmiş!".
  6. ^ "Baykal: Corrupt Sarıgül can't take Atatürk's post".
  8. ^ Reference to his books Archived 2012-05-25 at the Wayback Machine Template:TrS