Turkish parliament to elect new speaker

Speaker elections to be held on Nov. 20, for 2-year term, with Nov. 12 deadline to declare candidacy

Turkish parliament to elect new speaker

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey's parliament is set to elect a new speaker of the assembly on Nov. 20, after all the candidates have declared their intent to run by the filing deadline, Nov. 16.

Current Parliament Speaker Ismail Kahraman, whose two-year term started in November 2015 and will end on Nov. 22, has said he will announce on Nov. 12 whether he is seeking reelection.

Lawmakers will elect the new speaker through a secret ballot of up to four rounds -- as many as are necessary -- on a single day.

In the first two rounds, the candidates will seek a supermajority of 376 lawmakers in the 550-seat parliament.

In the third and fourth rounds, if necessary, a simple majority of 276 lawmakers will be enough to elect a new speaker.

The ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party holds 316 seats in parliament.

Both the AK Party and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), which has 36 seats, have yet to announce their candidates.

Last Mod: 11 Kasım 2017, 12:20
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