Turkey's Republican People’s Party (CHP) announced its parliamentary speaker candidate for the new parliament as its Ankara Deputy Ayse Gulsun Bilgehan on Friday.
Bilgehan is the grand-daughter of famous Turkish general and statesman Ismet Inonu, who served as the second president of Turkey from 1938 until 1950.
Bilgehan studied international relations at Paris Institute of Political Studies and previously worked as a faculty member at Bilkent University in Ankara.
Bilgehan was a deputy from Ankara during the 22nd, 24th and 25th legislative terms of Turkish Parliament.
Turkey’s political parties began to announce their parliament speaker candidates - the second highest position in the Turkish state, on Wednesday after an oath-taking ceremony, marking the opening of the 26th parliament on Nov. 17.
Electing a new parliamentary speaker will be the first mission of the newly elected deputies of the parliament. According to the rules, the candidates for the position of parliamentary speaker need to submit their applications within five days.
The first party to announce its candidate was the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) which has 40 seats in the parliament by gaining 11.9 percent of the votes in the Nov. 1 general election.
MHP leader Devlet Bahceli said that his party will present Kayseri Deputy Yusuf Halacoglu as a candidate for the speaker of parliament.
Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) was the second party to announce a candidate for the speaker of parliament.
Following a meeting of the party’s Central Executive Board, AK Party spokesman Omer Celik announced their party's candidate as Istanbul Deputy Ismail Kahraman, who is a veteran AK Party member from Rize, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s home province.
Kahraman previously worked at the Labor and Culture Ministries as undersecretary and minister respectively.
The deadline for applications is Nov. 21 at 12.00 am, local time (1000GMT).
How will Turkey's parliament elect a speaker?
The election of the speaker will be conducted through a secret ballot and the first two ballots will take place on the same day. If necessary, a third ballot will be held on the following day in a final round of voting.
The first two rounds of voting requires the speaker to gain 367 votes from a total of 550 deputies. If no candidate achieves this, a third round can be passed by the candidate receiving a simple majority of 276 votes.
If this cannot be obtained, a fourth ballot will be held on the same day between the two candidates who have received the highest number of votes in the third ballot.
A candidate from the AK Party, which has the highest number of seats at 317, will be elected if the three other parties cannot compromise and agree on a candidate.
According to the official results of Turkey’s 26th parliamentary elections, the AK Party won 317 deputies. The CHP came second with 134 deputies. The People’s Democratic Party (HDP) became the third largest party in parliament with 59 deputies and the MHP came last with 40 deputies.
On Nov. 17, President Erdogan officially gave the mandate to Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to form a new government.