One of the most diverse parliaments in Turkey's history in terms of representation has sworn in on June 23. Minority communities got greater representation in the parliament than they did in the past as four Christian and two Yazidi figures have become deputies after June 7 elections. The number of female deputies has set a record with an increase from 79 to 96. Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Deniz Baykal acted as parliamentary speaker during the swearing-in ceremony as he is the oldest serving deputy. In his opening speech, Baykal emphasized the need for secularism amid increasing ethnic and religious tensions in the region. AK Party Bursa deputy candidate Bennur Karabulut pledged to represent the disabled in the parliament. Karabulut was the first one to take her oath.