Mersin’s Successful Election Candidates

Now that I can access again, I will catch-up on a few posts.

Following are pictures and short descriptions (in Turkish) of Mersin Province’s successful candidates in the recent Turkish election. The ratios were such that 4 candidates from each of the AKP, CHP and MHP parties were elected.

AKP (Adalet ve Kalkinmasa Partisi; Justice and Development Party; ‘Islamic roots’; currently in power nationally)

CHP (Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi; Republican People’s Party; ‘centre-left’; Ataturk’s party)

MHP (Milliyet Hareket Partisi; Nationalist Movement Party; ‘ultra-nationalists’)


Q: Did you notice anything odd about the candidates?

A: They are all males born between 1944 and 1968 (one or two member-elect descriptions don’t mention their birth date but they would be in suggested range)

I wish the new members of parliament were far more representative of Mersin’s actual population and featured more women and young people. Incidentally, nationally, Turkey has one of the lowest percentages of women elected to parliament in the world.

POSTCRIPT: Here is an interesting pre-election write-up about the supposed ‘turbulent’ and ‘tense’ city of Mersin.


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