New Istanbul mayor appoints former oil refinery CEO as advisor
The newly elected opposition mayor of Istanbul, Ekrem İmamoğlu, has appointed the former CEO of Turkish oil refinery company Tüpraş as his senior advisor, opposition newspaper Sözcü reported on Friday.
İmamoğlu received his mandate on Thursday after defeating the ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate Binali Yıldırım in a revote for Istanbul’s mayoral seat on Sunday.
The new mayor appointed Erkut Yavuz, who served as the CEO of Turkey's sole oil refiner Tüpraş for 10 years, as his senior advisor. Murat Ongun, İmamoğlu’s former media advisor from his 2014-2019 term as mayor of Beylikdüzü municipality, will act as the mayor’s senior adviser alongside Yavuz.
İmamoğlu called on another old ally from Beylikdüzü district, city planner Mehmet Çakılcıoğlu, to work as his secretary-general.
The last Istanbul mayor's secretary-general and his assistants resigned after İmamoğlu officially took office.