Ozgur Ozil, a Turkish pharmacist and politician, was described as an arm Kılıçdaroğlu inside Republican People's Party He implemented his policies, until he was overthrown and headed the party leadership in his place in the party elections in 2023.
Birth and upbringing
Ozgur Ozil was born on September 21, 1974 in the state of Manisa in northern Turkey to an immigrant family from the Balkans, and his father worked as a teacher in Turkish public schools.
Study and training
He studied primary school in his hometown of Manisa, then moved to Izmir Bornova School to study middle and high school. He began learning the German language with an individual effort until he joined Manisa High School to study the final year of high school in German.
Ozil, who is fluent in English as well as Turkish and German, graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy at Ege University in Izmir in 1997.
Jobs and responsibilities
He began working as a freelance pharmacist in 1999. He met his wife, pharmacist Didem Ozel, during his studies, and they opened their pharmacies together, and they had their only daughter.
He assumed the position of General Secretariat of the Chamber of Pharmacists in Manisa for one term, and the presidency of the Chamber for two consecutive terms between 2001 and 2007. He also served as the official spokesman and president of the Federation of Academic Chambers in Manisa in the same period of time, and he received various awards through his social and environmental projects that he implemented during that period. His presidency.
He was elected Secretary-General of the Turkish Pharmacists Union in 2007 at the age of 33, and became the youngest Secretary-General in the history of the Union. He was known for his skills in public speaking and presentation, as he participated in presenting 163 research papers and analytical presentations, managing sessions in many conferences and seminars, and representing many Turkish delegations abroad. During his career in the field of pharmacy.
He is also a member of many state institutions and international organizations. Such as: the International Pharmaceutical Federation, the European Union Pharmacists Group, and the European Pharmaceutical Forum.
Ozgur Ozil's political life began at the age of 35. In the local elections in 2009, there were 3 candidates for the Republican People's Party for the state of Manisa, and the party members agreed to choose someone other than Ozil due to his lack of political experience, but a heart attack struck the party's candidate, which opened the door. Before announcing his candidacy, he did not receive a majority of votes and was unable to win.
Regarding this incident, Ozil says, “I was expected to lose in those elections, but it taught me politics. After only two years, I became a member of parliament.”
Ozgur Ozil was able to enter the Turkish Parliament for the first time as a representative of the Republican People's Party from the state of Manisa in the Turkish general elections in 2011, and then he returned to run for the municipal elections again in the state of Manisa in 2014, but he was not elected.
The Ataturk Thought Association and the Contemporary Journalists Association awarded him the Ugur Mumcu Award for the Best Turkish Politician in 2015. His first political confrontation in the Turkish Parliament occurred after May 13, 2014, when the Soma mine disaster occurred, in which 301 workers were killed following the collapse of a coal mine in the state of Manisa.
Turkish media then circulated a document that Ozil had submitted to Parliament only two months before the accident, in which he demanded that the relevant government agencies need to inspect the mine and ensure its safety to ensure the lives of its workers. However, his request was rejected at the time, and his speeches before and after the disaster received great attention. .
Ozgur Ozil remained in his parliamentary seat for the state of Manisa, and was elected in November 2015, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Republican People’s Party in the 18th Extraordinary Congress. He also became Vice-Chairman of the party’s parliamentary bloc on June 24, 2015, and a member of the Health Committee affiliated with it. of the Turkish Parliament, and the Prison Investigation Committee of the Republican People's Party.
He was known for his constant opposition to the policies of the ruling Justice and Development Party and its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and accused the party and its representatives of corruption and manipulating the interests of the Turkish people many times.
He became famous after the Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections in 2023, when he began criticizing the head of the Republican People's Party, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, and his policies, especially after he lost the presidential elections against Erdogan.
He announced his candidacy for the presidency of the Republican People's Party on September 15, 2023, in a press conference at the party's headquarters in Ankara, and won it after two rounds of elections on November 5, 2023, succeeding Kılıçdaroğlu after obtaining 812 votes out of 1,366.
Sarcastic and exciting situations
In his campaign for the municipal elections in 2019, Ozgur Ozil announced his intention to allocate an agricultural tractor to every farmer who votes for the People's Party, which sparked ridicule from Turkish citizens from inside and outside the party.
He also promised to distribute Central Bank gold to citizens if the Republican People's Party candidate wins the presidential elections in 2023, which opened the door to widespread criticism.
He criticized the Holy Qur’an memorization courses launched by the Turkish Presidency of Religious Affairs for children between 4-6 years old in December 2021, and described them as a “medieval mentality,” saying that these courses “do not benefit the republic and are not consistent with the constitution.”