Who is Aziz Kocaoğlu?
He was born in 1948 in Tokat in north-central 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 eighties in Turkey, he joined in 1987 the newly established SODEP which was the country's main center-left party at the time. After SODEP 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 the mayor of Bornova after the local elections of 28 March 2004. Following the sudden death of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality mayor Ahmet Piriştina, Mr. Kocaoğlu was elected by CHP's İzmir branch to the post of metropolitan mayor.
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