Aksoy to try again for AKP .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} İZMİR - The Justice and Development Party’s, or AKP, is to stick with is last candidate for the mayor’s job in Izmir again this March.

Taha Aksoy, born in Erzurum at 1947, was the previous candidate for the AKP at the local elections of 2004 against the legendary Mayor Ahmet Piriştina from the Republican People’s Party, or CHP.
Piriştina won the elections but died from a heart attack a few months later. Aksoy, a senior civil engineer graduated from the Middle East Technical University, worked at Melik Abdulaziz University in Jeddah. Later, he gave up his academic career to work as an executive and board member at several corporations, including Aksoy, Çimentaş and Atay.

Aksoy’s candidacy against Piriştina in 2004 was announced too early to the elections and the highly popular Piriştina won with 45 percent of the votes while Aksoy could not climb above 32 percent. Later, Aksoy was appointed as the general coordinator for International Universities Championship, or UNIVERSIAD, by the AKP administration which he executed successfully. Aksoy’s ran for Parliament in the general elections of 2007 and became one of the AKP deputies from Izmir. Aksoy is married and father to two. He is fluent in English and has been a deputy since 2007.