Following Turkey’s 25th parliamentary elections, three Armenian candidates from three different parties gained enough votes to enter the country’s parliament on Sunday.
Justice and Development Party (AK Party) candidate Markar Esayan, an Armenian-Turkish journalist for the daily Yeni Safak newspaper, entered parliament as the 12th candidate from Istanbul’s second electoral district.
Attorney Selina Dogan, the first ranked candidate of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) list for Istanbul’s second electoral district, was the second Armenian entering the parliament. Dogan also became the first female Armenian candidate to be elected in Turkey’s history.
Garo Paylan, who entered the parliament as a deputy of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) from the third electoral district of Istanbul, also holds Armenian roots.
In addition to the three Armenian candidates, one Assyrian Christian candidate from the HDP - Erol Dora - was elected from the southeastern province of Mardin
Turkey’s AK Party came first winning more than 40 percent of the votes in the country’s 25th parliamentary elections, while the HDP entered parliament for the first time. Due to no party having a majority of seats, it is possible a coalition government will be formed.
Political party officials as well as prominent academics and journalists started to discuss the likely coalitions that may be formed after the election results were revealed on Sunday.
If the parties fail to form a coalition government, country will face an early election, which brings risks to Turkey’s stability and economy.