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New Turkish parliament to be more inclusive

Following Turkey's general elections on June 7, Armenian, Syriac, Yazidi, Roma, Kurdish, and Alevi deputies are entering parliament, for the first time ever or after an extended absence.
Selina Dogan Ozuzun (2nd R), an Armenian candidate for the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), poses with her supporters during an election rally for Turkey's June 7 parliamentary election, in Istanbul, Turkey, June 2, 2015. Candidates from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community - along with Christians, Roma and members of dozens of other ethnicities and cultures - are running for parliament this weekend in large numbers for the first time. In a country that once viewed its divers
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In addition to its unexpected political results, Turkey's general election on June 7 will go down in history as the first election that saw unrepresented non-Muslim citizens enter the parliament as deputies. The election saw six non-Muslim parliamentarians elected.

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