• Country: Turkiyeh
  • City: Gaziantep
  • Population: 1,721,475
Fatma Shahin

Mayor: Fatma Shahin

She was born on 20 June 1966 in Gaziantep to Mustafa and Perihan Şahin. She was educated in chemical engineering at the Istanbul Technical University. Fatma Şahin worked as an engineer and manager in the textile industry. She entered politics together with her husband İzzet Şahin and co-founded the Justice and Development Party. Taking active part in the provincial organization, she was elected three times deputy from her hometown. She is the first female member of the Turkish parliament elected from Gaziantep and from the Southeastern Anatolia Region. Fatma Şahin served as the chairperson of women's branch of her party. Following the 2011 general elections, she became the only female minister in the third cabinet of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. She was replaced by Ayşenur İslam on 25 December 2013 in a cabinet reshuffle. As a result of the 2014 local elections, Şahin was elected as the first female mayor of Gaziantep. In 2019 local elections, she was elected again as the mayor. She has two children, a son and a daughter.

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It is a developed and modern metropolis in the province of the same name in southeastern Turkey. With a population of nearly 2.5 million people, this city is the sixth most populous city in Turkey and one of the most industrialized cities in the country. 6 active industrial zones and the largest industrial town of the Turkish Research Organization with about 1000 factories and the production of about 300 thousand workers are located in this city. Also, this city is considered one of Turkey’s student cities due to the large number of Turkish and foreign students in Gazi Eintab University.