Turkey’s Main Opposition Party Selects Armenian Candidate as Frontrunner

CHP candidate Selina Özuzun Doğan

ANKARA, Turkey (ArmRadio)—Turkey’s main opposition party, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), has named an Armenian candidate as their frontrunner on their final candidate list for Turkey’s upcoming June 7 elections in an effort to prioritize candidates with diverse backgrounds, according to media reports.

Lawyer Selina Özuzun Doğan has been placed at the top of the CHP’s candidates’ list for Istanbul’s second region in the June 7 elections, Hurriyet Daily News reports.

Born in 1977, Özuzun is a graduate of Notre Dame De Sion French High School and studied law at Galatasaray University. She also has a master’s degree from Istanbul’s Bilgi University. She speaks Armenian, French and English.

CHP head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu had previously declared he would reserve the first places of important cities like Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir for female candidates.


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