Mr Gursel Tekin is a Member of Parliament for Istanbul. Mr Tekin began his political career when he became a member of Social Democracy Party (SODEP) in Turkey in 1984. He became a councillor in Kadikoy Municipality in 1989. Tekin joined the CHP following to his political party Social Democrats Party (SHP) merged with the CHP and he was elected to be Vice-Mayor of Kadikoy in 1999 and became Provincial CHP chairman of Istanbul Province in 2007 prior to his promotion to Deputy Chairmanship of the CHP in 2010. His articles have been published in several newspapers and journals.