The candidates of the Turkish Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat for parliament speaker visited Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday.
HDP announced Firat, a former vice president and deputy of the AK Party, as its candidate for parliament speaker last Monday, while the MHP announced on Wednesday that they will present deputy Ihsanoglu, a former candidate in Turkey’s Presidential Election held last year on August 10, who came in second with 38 percent of the vote.
Mentioning the meeting as “productive,” Ihsanoglu said that the new parliament will provide the reconciliation.
“It was a quite sincere and productive meeting. The June 7 [general election] picture was the first signal which carried out the message for reconciliation.“
“The reconciliation is the wish of our nation. The most important place to reach the reconciliation is the parliament,” said Ihsanoglu.
The MHP came third, taking 16.29 percent of the vote and secured 80 seats on the June 7 general elections.
Firat also found his meeting with Davutoglu beneficial and stated that he shared his thoughts about the structure of the parliament.
Frat also added that he shared his opinions about how to increase the dignity of the parliament, and the measures to be taken to prevent the parliament to work as a “law factory.”
I think the meeting was beneficial. I shared my opinions with Davutoglu over increasing the dignity of the parliament and providing it not to work as a ‘law factory’ “ Firat mentioned in the meeting.
The candidates of the other two parties are expected to visit Davutoglu during this week.
Ismet Yılmaz, Turkey’s minister of defence since 2011, was announced by Davutoglu as the candidate of governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) on Friday. Yilmaz met the leader of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Devlet Bahceli, and co-chair of the Democratic Peoples’ Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtas on Saturday.
Deniz Baykal - the former head of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and newly elected Antalya deputy - is the candidate of the CHP. Baykal will temporarily serve as the speaker until the election for a new speaker as he is the oldest member of the Turkish parliament, at the age of 77.
Candidates need 367 votes out of 550 deputies to be elected as the speaker in the first two rounds of the election which will be held on June 30.
If no candidate achieves this, a third round will be held on July 1, where simple majority of 276 votes are needed to become the speaker.
If there is still no winner, there will be a fourth vote on July 1 between the two candidates with the highest votes in the previous round and the candidate getting more votes will become the next speaker of the Turkish parliament.
Once the parliament speaker is elected, official negotiations to form the new government will begin.