|Member of the Grand National Assembly|
12 June 2011 – 7 June 2015
|Constituency||İstanbul (III) (2011)|
February 6, 1955
Kangal, Sivas, Turkey
|Political party||Republican People's Party (CHP)|
|Occupation||Singer, artist, politician|
Sabahat Akkiray (born 6 February 1955, known as Sabahat Akkiraz) is a Turkish folk music singer and was a Member of Parliament for Istanbul between 2011 and 2015 from the Republican People's Party (CHP).
Born to a music-orientated family in Kangal, Sivas, Akkiraz and her family moved to Germany during her childhood. After returning to Turkey, she released her first professional album, Şafak Söktü, in 1983. Since then, she has worked with several other artists such as Arif Sağ, Musa Eroğlu, Muhlis Akarsu, Aşık Daimi, Feyzullah Çınar and Davut Sulari. Known internationally for her contribution to Turkish folk music, she has given concerts around the world and has worked with singers from different countries to help with their albums.
In the 2011 general election in Turkey, Akkiraz was elected as an MP from İstanbul's 3rd electoral district from the opposition CHP. Following the Soma mine disaster in 2014, Akkiraz announced her resignation from Parliament for the June 2015 general election, stating that having a parliamentary seat did not give her the ability to change the direction of the country. She proposed the joint resignation of all CHP MPs from Parliament as a protest against the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the then-Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
- Gül Yüzlü Sevdiğim (1982)
- Şafak Söktü (1983)
- İnsana Muhabet Duyalı (1984)
- Bir Gerçeğe Bel Bağladım (1985)
- Boş Yere Kavgayı Zahmet Biliriz (1986)
- Fazilet (1988)
- Deli Gönül - Bu Sene (1989)
- Bendeki Yaralar (1990)
- Yalan Dünya (1992)
- Dostların Anısına (1993)
- Dağlar Kardeşimi Geri Verin (1994)
- Yiğit İnsanların Türküleri (1996)
- Türkülerle Gide Gide (1997)
- Yüreğimin Sesi (1999)