Ethnic Armenian opposition MP of Turkey Garo Paylan is running for another term in the country’s parliament in the upcoming June 24 elections.
Unfazed by charges, Turkey’s lionhearted Armenian MP Garo Paylan runs for office again
STEPANAKERT, MAY 21, ARTSAKHPRESS:Paylan is nominated by the HDP party, but this time the ethnic Armenian lawmaker is running from Diyarbakir, unlike the previous time when he ran from Istanbul.
Garo Paylan is known for his struggle for achieving the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by Turkey itself. He even introduced a motion in the parliament to acknowledge the 1915 killings as genocide, but understandably it was denied as the country’s leadership is vehemently denying the historical fact. Paylan is also known for his active engagement in the affairs of the local Armenian community of Istanbul, most notably in the Armenian Patriarchate matters.
He was even sanctioned for speaking about the Armenian Genocide from the parliament floor.
In addition, he is currently under investigation under the infamous Article 301 – an article of the criminal code seeking imprisonment for “insulting Turkey”.
Paylan might be stripped of immunity under the charges.
There are currently three ethnic Armenian MPs in the Turkish parliament – Paylan, Selina Dogan (CHP) and Margar Yesayan from the ruling AK party.
Dogan has already dropped out of the upcoming elections as her party has published the lists of its nominees where the 41 year old is not included.
It is not clear yet if Yesayan will run for office.