13 February Saturday

Ex-Istanbul mayor of Istanbul dies of COVID-19

Kadir Topbas, the former mayor of Istanbul, passed away on Saturday at the age of 76.

He was hospitalized last November after he contracted COVID-19.

Topbas was elected mayor of Istanbul in 2004 as candidate of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, and maintained his position until 2017 when he resigned.

In 2004, he became the head of Istanbul-based United Cities and Local Governments, Middle East and West Asia Regional Government, and vice president of the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). He became UCLG co-chair in 2007.

Kadir Topbas was the first politician to have won three consecutive local elections in Istanbul.

He is survived by three children and his wife.

Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu, in his post on his Twitter account, said, "I learned with deep sorrow the news of the death of Kadir Topbaş, who had been in intensive care for a while due to Covid-19 treatment. He served our city in a big way as the Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality for 13 years. I wish condolences to their relatives, loved ones and our IMM family."

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