Turkey's Christian community will be represented in the Turkish parliament in greater number as four members of the community have elected as deputies following the June 7 general elections.
The results of the parliamentary election, one of the most critical and closely fought in years, propelled four members of the Christian minority to the legislature.
Markar Esayan, an Armenian-Turkish journalist entered the parliament as an AK Party deputy as the 12th candidate from Istanbul's second electoral district.
Selina Doğan, from the Republican People's Party (CHP), was elected as the first deputy candidate from the second electoral district of the CHP's Istanbul list. Doğan, who is of Armenian origin, practices law as an attorney.
Two Christians will also enter parliament from the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) ticket, one from Istanbul and the other from the southeastern province of Mardin.
Garo Paylan, who ran for parliament as the second nominee from the HDP's third election district in Istanbul, holds Armenian roots and is listed as a trainer on the Supreme Election Board (YSK) candidate list.
Erol Dora, who is a member of Turkey's Syriac community and a lawyer, was the HDP's third deputy candidate from Mardin and an incumbent in the legislature.
In addition to the four Christians, two members of Turkey's small Yazidi community were also elected for the HDP – Feleknas Uca from Diyarbakır and Ali Atalan from Batman.