Tatar people

Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People

The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People or parliament (Меджлiс Кримськотатарського Народу) is a representative body of the Crimean Tatars, living in their homeland of Crimea, Ukraine. Since 1998, Mustafa Abdülcemil Qırımoğlu is the Mejlis's 33rd chairman.

The Mejlis was founded in 1991, to act as a representative body for the Crimean Tatars which could address grievances to the Ukrainian central government, the Crimean government, and international bodies.

On June 30, 1991, the Mejlis declared its sovereignty over the Crimean Tatars, and adopted the Crimean Tatar's national anthem and the national flag. Also, the Crimean Tatars elected 14 Crimean Tatar Deputies to the Verkhovna Rada of Crimea. These 14 deputies were the first Crimean Tatar representatives in the Crimean Parliament for over 50 years.

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