AK Party candidate Yilmaz becomes new parliament speaker

Justice and Development Party candidate Ismet Yilmaz becomes new parliament speaker, gaining majority of votes

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

Justice and Development Party [AK Party] candidate Ismet Yilmaz was elected on Wednesday as the new speaker of the 25th Turkish parliament after gaining the majority of the votes.

Yilmaz was selected with 258 votes while his opponent from the Republican People’s Party [CHP], Deniz Baykal, gained 182 votes.

547 out of 550 deputies used their votes in a secret ballot in accordance with the constitution.

78 of the votes were counted as invalid and there were 29 blank votes.

The third and the fourth rounds of secret ballots to elect a new parliament speaker to serve a term of two years were held in Turkey’s capital Ankara. .

In the third round, AK Party candidate Yilmaz gained 259 votes while his nearest opponent, CHP candidate Baykal, gained 129.

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) gained 80 votes, while Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) gained 78 votes.

The fourth round was held between the two final candidates, Yilmaz and Baykal, with the highest votes in the previous round.

AK Party’s Yilmaz became new parliament speaker as a result of the last round.

The first two rounds of secret ballots remained inconclusive on Tuesday as none of the candidates gained the required 367 votes.

Coalition government initiatives begin

Following the parliamentary selection, attention turns to forming a government, perhaps the trickiest dilemma facing Turkey’s representatives.

The country faces three options - a coalition government, a minority government or snap elections under the care of an interim government.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who led the AK Party as prime minister for 11 years, will initially ask the AK Party, as the largest party, to form a government.

If Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is unable to form a coalition with any of the other three parties - none of which have indicated they would be willing to join the AK Party in government - tradition dictates the president should offer the second-placed party the chance to create an administration.

If neither the AK Party nor the CHP can form a government within 45 days, the president must call for a fresh election and appoint a prime minister within five days to form an interim government consisting of representatives from all four parties according to their number of deputies.

Once this interim government has been approved by a parliamentary vote of confidence, the assembly will be dissolved and the election process restarted.

TRTWorld and agencies