YEREVAN, JUNE 24, According to the preliminary results of the parliamentary elections in Turkey, there will be 2 Armenian deputies in the parliament.
As Armenpress reports, the new parliament will be Garo Peilan, a prominent Armenian Democratic Party nominated by Diyarbakir, and Margar Yesayan, a candidate from the ruling Justice and Development Party, in Istanbul’s second polling station.
Following the November 2015 parliamentary elections, there were 3 Armenian MPs in Parliament: Garo Pylaan, Margar Yesayan and Selina Dogan, member of the Kemalist Republican People’s Party. The latter’s candidacy did not nominate the party in these elections.
During his parliamentary career, Garo Pylaan has always raised issues of concern to the Armenian community. He has distinguished himself in the murders of the Turkish Parliament in which he has repeatedly voiced the Armenian Genocide calling on the authorities to confront their own history and to accept their own crime. The deputy even submitted a relevant proposal, which was intended to officially recognize the 1915 incidents as genocide. Offer rejected. He also periodically raised questions about the concerns of the Constantinople-Armenian community, in particular the need to elect the Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople. He was subject to disciplinary penalties for talking about genocide from the podium of the parliament. In addition, it became known recently that an investigation was launched under Article 301 of the Criminal Code. A request for deprivation of immunity was made within the framework of the investigation.
Unlike Pasha, Yesayan is known for having close ties with the authorities. Since his election in 2015, he did not notice any pro-Armenian initiative. Moreover, in June 2016, at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, he voted for the British parliamentary Robert Walter’s anti-Armenian “Increase in Violence in Nagorno-Karabakh and Other Occupied Territories” report, which was abused by the PACE.
Two Armenian candidates, Ludmila Bjuyum (People’s Democratic Party) and Elmas Kirakos (“Good” Party), who are nominated for this election, will not be in the mazhilis with preliminary results.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will have 295 seats in the parliament, the Republican People’s Party – 146, the Nationalist Movement – 49, the Democratic People’s Party – 66, the Good Party – 44 seats.