A lawmaker from Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, Markar Esayan, died on Friday at the age of 51.

Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin conveyed his condolences on Twitter to Esayan’s family and loved ones.

Esayan was a former journalist and became a member of parliament representing Istanbul in 2015.

He is the author of five books that were published from 2005-2015.

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