Two Armenians Re-Elected to Turkey’s Parliament

The HDP's Garo Paylan (right) and the AKP's Markar Yesayan retained their seats in Turkey's parliament after Sunday's elections
The HDP's Garo Paylan (right) and the AKP's Markar Yesayan retained their seats in Turkey's parliament after Sunday's elections

The HDP’s Garo Paylan (right) and the AKP’s Markar Yesayan retained their seats in Turkey’s parliament after Sunday’s elections

At the conclusion of Sunday’s Turkish national elections, during which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan guaranteed his continued rule, two Turkish Armenians were re-elected to the parliament.

Garo Parylan, representing the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) and Markar Esayan, who was running under the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) were both re-elected to parliament.

During this election Paylan, who was representing the third district of Istanbul, ran in the Kurdish majority region of Diyarbakir (Dikranagerd) where he received the overwhelming majority of the votes, clocking in at 65 percent, according to the Milliyet newspaper.

Paylan is a founding member of the HDP and an active member of Turkey’s Armenian community. As a long-time human rights activist, Paylan has been outspoken on issues of minority community rights, including the right of the Armenian community to hold unimpeded elections for a Patriarch in Istanbul, and more recently introduced legislation recognizing the Armenian Genocide, which was rejected by the ruling AKP party.

Born in 1969, Esayan started his career in journalism in 1997 at the Agos newspaper, where he also served as a columnist beginning in 2001. He later collaborated with the daily Taraf newspaper as an editorial coordinator and served as its the editor-in-chief. Since 2013, Esayan has been writing for Yeni Şafak daily.


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  1. State of Emergency said:

    Erdogan wins in a near landslide and simultaneously two Armenians win big in Parliament. Just goes to show how confused and dazed the Turkish people are. They have no sense of the real world. They live in a bubble and as such easily manipulated by their government’s continued genocide denial policy. Sersem Turks!

  2. Arda Melanson said:

    I Think they do have a sense of reality. Number One: they realize under Erdogan, they ought not voice any concern for issues other than their own, Second, acknowledging Their genocidal history would depress their self-esteem, their Turkish pride, not to mention the fact that many of the properties/lands they occupy belong to the Armenians who perished. They would not want to relinquish any land, nor have their government go bankrupt facing reparations. They are enjoying the sites and the sounds that once belonged to the Armenians. Sympathy does not equate money neither. The best wish in the long run is a completely new leadership that would be a friendly nation toward Armenians, Azerbaijan to follow suit. If Communism era can come to an end, we hope this era can too.