Record Number of Women Elected to Turkish Parliament

Turkey’s lawmakers are being sworn in to office during a ceremony in Ankara, an early step in what could be a drawn-out coalition-building process.

The country’s 550 newly elected parliamentarians are ascending to the podium one-by-one to take the oath of office in the white assembly room of Turkey’s monumental parliament building.

The swearing-in is a formality, it sets the stage for the election of a speaker and what some observers believe will be a long negotiation process.

Turkey’s ruling, Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party came first in the June 7 elections but lost its parliamentary majority, meaning it is seeking an opposition partner to govern.

Record number of women elected to Turkish parliament


Dilek Öcalan, niece of jailed PKK founder Abdullah Öcalan, among 96 women who won seats in Grand National Assembly.

Dilek Öcalan, niece of Abdullah Öcalan, the jailed founder of the Kurdistan Workers’ party (PKK), is one of a record number of female MPs entering the Turkish parliament.

A total of 96 women won seats in Turkey’s Grand National Assembly in Sunday’s elections, bringing the proportion of female deputies to a historic high of 17%, compared with 14% after the 2011 elections.