Deputies of Turkey’s 26th parliament take oath

Newly elected deputies of Turkey’s 26th parliament take their oaths to start parliamentary service

Photo by: AA
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Deputies previously took their oaths after June 7 election in Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) on June 24, 2015.

Newly elected legislators began to take oath on Tuesday with an official ceremony held at Turkey’s capital Ankara at the parliament to form the country’s 26th government cabinet.

Turkish Prime Minister and the AK Party Chairman, Ahmet Davutoğlu also took oath early in the ceremony.

A member of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), Leyla Zana’s oath was not accepted by the speaker of the Turkish Parliament, Deniz Baykal, due to her initiating the oath rather in Kurdish and not in Turkish, and not adhering to the official texts when she said "the people of Turkey" instead of "Turkish nation."

The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Agri deputy Leyla Zana had also received criticism for pledging in Kurdish back in 1991.

Five hundred and fifty five lawmakers were elected into parliament during the snap election, which was held on Nov. 1, which was since coalition talks failed and a government could not be formed following the June 7 election. 

The pledge ceremony has been presided by the Republican People's Party (CHP) Antalya deputy Deniz Baykal, who was tasked as the temporary speaker of the parliament, since he is the eldest lawmaker.

At 2pm local time, Baykal took over the post from former Parliament Speaker Ismet Yilmaz, who was elected on July 1 as the new speaker of the 25th Turkish Parliament after gaining the majority of the votes.

The ceremony which started at 3pm in local time proceeded after deputies and parliament bureaucrats leave a wreath at the Ataturk Monument on the parliament campus and held a moment of silence in his respect.

As the temporary speaker of the parliament, Baykal gave an opening speech at the ceremony which is predicted to last at least 10 hours and continue late into the night.

Six young deputies from all parties have also accompanied Baykal in the parliament council.

TRTWorld, AA