After the election of a parliament speaker last week, Turkey’s 25th parliament is set to from a new presidential council on July 7 which will also bring Turkey one step closer to forming a coalition government. The number of parliamentarians within the presidential council and the distribution of their roles will be on top of the general assembly agenda.
The new parliament speaker Ismet Yilmaz will conduct the parliamentary meeting for the first time on July 7 when parliamentarians return from break.
According to parliamentary regulations, the presidential council consists of fifteen members but the number can be changed if the political parties agree on it. In the current parliament, all four parties have right to appoint one group deputy chairman to the council.
If the presidential council gets formed with fifteen members, the governing Justice and Development (AK) Party will have seven members including parliament speaker Yilmaz.
After the AK Party, the Republican People's Party (CHP) will have four members while the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the pro-Kurdish Peoples Democratic Party will get two members each.
If the number raises to seventeen, there is a possibility of disagreement between parties on appointment of certain number of deputies to the council that would disturb the members.
In this scenario, the AK Party will have eight seats while the CHP will have four. The rest of the seats -five seats- will be shared between the MHP and the HDP.
If this happens the general assembly is expected to be scene of possible deadlock caused by the nationalist MHP because the pro-Kurdish HDP will have a possibility of having one seat more than the MHP.
On the other hand, the HDP announced on Monday that they will not run Dilek Ocalan -niece of imprisoned leader of the outlawed PKK Abdullah Ocalan- as candidate for the presidential council.
The nationalist MHP objected Ocalan’s candidacy for the council.
The formation of the presidential council is expected to end on Thursday. If not, it will be completed by next week.
Following the finalisation of council members, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will give mandate to Prime Minister and the AK Party leader Ahmet Davutoglu to form a government, starting the 45-day long intense coalition period.
The 45-day long marathon to form a coalition is expected to end some time between the 24th - 28th of August.
If a coalition government cannot be formed within 45 days, the president will call for early elections and appoint a prime minister within five days to form an interim government consisting of representatives from all four parties in accordance with their number of deputies.
Once this interim government is approved by a parliamentary vote of confidence, the assembly will be dissolved and the entire election process will restart.
Meanwhile, there are two hot topics waiting to be discussed by the parliament.
First, the approval of expanding the mandate for military action for one year regarding the Turkish military forces appointed as the UN Interim Task Force (UNIFIL) in Lebanon.
Second, the election of three new members for the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK).
The parliament will be closed until a coalition is formed save for any extraordinary sessions which may be called for during this time.