Turkey elects first Syriac lawmaker

 

Turkey elects first Syriac lawmaker
Dora was elected a parliamentarian from the southeastern province of Mardin with the support of the Peace & Democracy Party.

Turkey’s first Syriac lawmaker said on Monday that his election as a parliamentarian was an important and historic step for brotherhood of nations.
Erol Dora said there were not any non-Muslim lawmakers at the Turkish parliament, which he defined as a deficiency in regard to democracy, secularism and state of law.
“As our constitution says, all citizens are equal under laws, and my candidacy was therefore important,” Dora told AA correspondent.
Dora was elected a parliamentarian from the southeastern province of Mardin with the support of the Peace & Democracy Party (BDP).
“I consider the behavior of Peace & Democracy Party as important for Turkey’s future,” he said.
Dora said different groups and nations were living in Turkey, and he was elected with votes of Kurds, Arabs, Syriac, Mhallami and Yazidi people.
“My election as a common candidate is important for the confidence and co-existence of people together,” he said.
Dora also said his election was an important step for return of Syriac people living away from the region.

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