According to the data of the Greek Ministry of Interior, 4 Turkish candidates from Western Thrace have been eligible to enter the Greek parliament.
In the 2019 general elections, the Turkish minority member parliamentary candidates in the Rhodope province received a total of 25,433 votes, while in the 21 May 2023 elections, this figure increased by 676 to 26,109.
In Xanthi province, Turkish minority member parliamentary candidates received 16 thousand 558 votes in the 2019 elections, while the number of votes reached 17 thousand 841 with an increase of 1283 in the last election.
The Radical Left Alliance (SYRIZA) candidate Özgür Ferhat recorded the highest rise in the Rhodope province compared to the 2019 elections.
Ferhat, who could not be elected as a deputy with 5 thousand 384 votes in the previous elections, won the right to enter the parliament by getting more than 12 thousand votes in the 2023 elections.
In the news in the local media, it was evaluated that the SYRIZA Party managed to be the first in the country only in the Rhodope province thanks to the votes Ferhat received.
While New Democracy was the first party in 58 of the 59 constituencies across the country, SYRIZA finished ahead in the election race only in the Rhodope region, which also includes Komotini.
On the other hand, while the number of votes of Hüseyin Zeybek and Burhan Baran, who were elected as deputies from Xanthi, increased, only the number of votes received by İlhan Ahmet from the PASOK Party, who was expelled from the Western Thrace Turkish Minority Advisory Board last year, decreased.
Özgür Ferhat and Hüseyin Zeybek from SYRIZA and İlhan Ahmet and Burhan Baran from PASOK were elected as MPs in Western Thrace.