Deputies of Turkey’s 25th parliament were not able to elect a parliament speaker on Tuesday as none of the candidates reached the required 367 votes.
The first two rounds of secret ballots were held in Turkey’s capital Ankara to elect a new parliament speaker to serve a term of two years.
Four candidates from different political parties contested for the post, including Ismet Yilmaz, 53, from the Justice and Development (AK) Party; Deniz Baykal, 76, from the Republican People's Party (CHP); Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, 71, from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP); and Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat, 71, from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP).
545 out of 550 deputies used their votes in the secret ballot in accordance with the constitution.
In the first round, AK Party candidate Yilmaz gained 256 votes while his nearest opponent CHP candidate Baykal, gained 125.
Both MHP candidate Ihsanoglu and HDP candidate Firat gained 81 votes.
In the second round, the number of votes AK Party’s Yilmaz gained did not change and remained at 256.
CHP’s Baykal gained three more votes to win 128 while the MHP and HDP candidates lost one vote each, gaining 80 votes.
Candidates needed 367 votes out of the 550 deputies in parliament to be elected as speaker in the first two rounds of the election.
Since no candidate achieved this, a third round will be held on July 1, where only simple majority of 276 votes is 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 who gets the most votes will become speaker.
Once the parliament’s speaker is elected, official coalition negotiations to form the new government will begin.