Ismet Yilmaz elected as the new parliamentary speaker
ANKARA - AK Party’s (Justice and Development) Sivas MP Ismet Yilmaz has been elected as the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey with 258 votes in the fourth round of the election.
In the first two rounds of the election none of the candidates managed to get enough votes for the required majority. So another election was held on Monday at 3pm for the third and fourth round.
In the third round Ismet Yilmaz and CHP’s (Republican People's Party) candidate Deniz Baykal received the most votes.
547 MPs joined the fourth round election and AK Party’s Sivas MP received 258 votes being elected as the new parliamentary speaker. Deniz Baykal received 182 votes in the final round.
Ismet Yilmaz made a brief speech after the results of the election, thanking other Members of the Parliament and he mentioned that his previous position as the Minister of National Defence has now ended.
“Our nation is expecting a new constitution and we need to form a new constitution together. With universal changes our constitution will be long lasting. It is the parliaments job to set up a political system that protects social diversity to live in peace. This is possible if everyone lives with their identity in a social and political society,” said Yilmaz remarking the importance of a new constitution.
AK Party’s MP Ismet Yilmaz, CHP’s MP Deniz Baykal, MHP’s MP Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and HDP’s MP Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat were competing against one another for the new parliamentary speaker election. In the first two rounds none of the candidates received the required majority of 367 votes therefore a third and fourth round was complete.
Ismet Yilmaz received 259 votes in the third round whilst Deniz Baykal received 129, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu 80 and Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat 78 votes.
Formation of a coalition government is due to be announced the Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. (ILKHA)