Turkey’s president dismisses media speculation

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan puts all doubts to rest confirming he will not task PM Davutoglu to form government before parliament elects speaker

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has dismissed all claims made by the media that he would ask Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to form a government prior to the election of a parliament speaker.

"I do not have such a thought before the election of the Parliament Speaker," Erdogan told reporters on Saturday after meeting UN refugee agency chief Antonio Guterres and UN goodwill ambassador, Angelina Jolie in Turkey's southeastern province of Mardin.

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, who is a special envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), met with Syrian refugees and Erdogan in Turkey's southeastern province of Mardin.

Earlier this week, Turkish media speculated on the prospects of Erdogan tasking Davutoglu to form a government before the parliament speaker is elected, with Davutoglu’s party coming together for an oath taking session next week either on Tuesday or Wednesday.

According to official results of the June 7 election, the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) leads with 258 deputies. Republican People's Party (CHP) comes second with 132 deputies. Meanwhile, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) each have 80 deputies in the parliament.

The next stage sees the new lawmakers select a parliament speaker, the 27th in the history of the Republic of Turkey, via a secret ballot.

A first round of voting requires the speaker to be selected by two-thirds of deputies, or 376 votes. If no candidate achieves this, a second round can be passed by the candidate receiving a simple majority of 276 votes. If there is still no winner, the candidate with the largest number of votes in the third round will be selected.

Deniz Baykal - the former head of the opposition CHP and newly elected Antalya deputy - will temporarily serve as the speaker of the new parliament because the 77-year-old veteran politician is the most senior member of the Turkish parliament.

Once the parliamentary speaker is officially elected, initiatives to form a new Turkish government will begin.

Since no party has a majority to form a single-party government, coalition talks will begin following the parliamentary speaker’s election.

President Erdogan is expected to ask the AK Party, currently led by Ahmet Davutoglu to form a government since it has received the highest number of votes and parliamentary representatives.

According to the Turkish constitution, a government must be formed within 45 days following the mandate of the Republic’s president.

If no government is formed within the duration of 45 days, the country will go to the polls once again and an early election will be on the horizon.


TRTWorld and agencies