Turkey’s Prime Minister and Justice and Development Party, or AK Party, leader Ahmet Davutoglu announced on Friday that they will run incumbent Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz as their parliament speaker.
Speaking at a press conference following the AK Party's Central Executive Board (MYK) meeting, Davutoglu said “After comprehensive consultations with party deputies and executives, we have decided to nominate Defense Minister and Sivas deputy Ismet Yılmaz as the candidate of the AK Party.”
Ismet Yilmaz submitted his application to run for Turkey's parliament speaker shortly after Davutoglu’s announcement.
Davutoglu emphasised that the candidacy of former Republican People’s Party, or CHP, leader and acting Parliamentary Speaker Deniz Baykal is not a sign of a coming AKP-CHP coalition.
“Now, we are focused on parliament speaker election. Following the President's request, we will start our efforts to form a coalition government. We did not contact parties regarding coalition talks at the time,” he added.
However, Davutoğlu stated that he welcomed the statement of Kilicdaroglu in which he said they would not act with “revanchist” motives during talks for a coalition government.
The CHP announced on Wednesday that Deniz Baykal -who, as the oldest member of parliament, currently serves as interim speaker until the election next week, was also candidate.
As part of his parliament speaker election efforts, Baykal arranged meetings with all other three party leaders today.
Nationalist Movement Party, or MHP, leader Devlet Bahceli was the first one to meet with Baykal. The two spoke briefly after their meeting saying that it was productive for both.
Later the same day, Baykal met with PM Davutoglu in his official residence in Cankaya. Baykal’s last stop of was the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtas.
The MHP announced its parliament speaker candidate on Wednesday presenting deputy Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu. Ihsanoglu - the former head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) - was the joint presidential candidate of the CHP and MHP in last year's election.
Earlier in the week, the HDP named Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat, a former vice president and deputy of of the AK Party, as its candidate for parliament speaker.
The deadline for applications will be June 28 at 12.00 a.m., local time (1000GMT).
The election of the speaker will be conducted via a secret ballot and the first two ballots will take place on June 30. If necessary, the third ballot will be held on July 1 as a final round of election.
Once the parliament speaker is elected, official negotiations to form the new government will begin.