Parliament expected to convene on Nov. 17 following snap election

Parliament is expected to convene on Nov. 17 after Sundayand’s election, in which the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) regained its parliamentary majority for a single-rule government.
According to the unofficial results, the AK Party obtained 49.2 percent of the vote, which is enough to control 317 of the 550 seats in Parliament and a far higher margin of victory than even party insiders had expected.
The Supreme Election Board (YSK) is expected to announce the official results of the election on Nov. 12. If the announcement is made according to schedule, Parliament must convene five days later. The lawmakers will take their oath of office during the first session of the legislative body.
Deniz Baykal, the former leader of the main opposition Republican Peopleand’s Party (CHP), will hold the post of temporary parliament speaker until Parliament elects its speaker, a road marker for the shape of the next government.
After the oath-taking ceremony, Parliament will break for five days. During this period, the parties will determine their candidates who will run in the election for parliament speaker and register them officially. After the five-day period is up, Parliament will convene for the second time for the election of the parliament speaker.
Because the AK Party holds the parliamentary majority, the parliament speakerand’s election is expected to be completed in a short time, contrary to the election that was held following the June 7 parliamentary election. The AK Party is expected to win the election easily, without any major challenge from the opposition parties.
The ruling AK Party candidate for parliament speaker, ismet Yilmaz, was elected as the new speaker of the Turkish Parliament on July 1, after minority parties in the countryand’s legislature failed to unite on a common candidate.
Yilmaz received 258 votes out of a total of 547 during the parliament speakerand’s election held after Juneand’s election. His only rival, the CHPand’s Baykal, took 182 votes, apparently receiving support from both the CHP and about 50 deputies of the pro-Kurdish Peoplesand’ Democratic Party (HDP). The CHP had 132 seats in Parliament, while the HDP had 80.
Yilmaz and Baykal competed in the fourth and final round of voting after receiving the highest number of votes in the three previous rounds. The two other candidates, Ekmeleddin ihsanoilu of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat of the HDP, were eliminated from the race after receiving 80 and 78 votes, respectively.
h2 New govand’t expected to receive vote of confidence in Decemberh2 Previously, the president gave the duty of establishing the government to a deputy in Parliament after the oath-taking ceremony. However, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waited for the formation of the Speakerand’s Council in Parliament before giving this duty of forming the government to Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoilu following the June 7 election.
Erdogan is also expected to do the same this time. If this is the case, the members of the Speakerand’s Council in Parliament will be formed on the same day as the parliament speaker is elected. If Erdogan gives the duty to Davutoilu as soon as the Speakerand’s Council is formed, it will take a week to read the program in Parliament. After this, three more days will be spent discussing the governmentand’s program and then a vote of confidence will be held. If all goes according to plan, the new government is expected to get its vote of confidence on Dec. 7.
The new government needs to receive support from 276 lawmakers in order to receive the vote of confidence. It will not experience any difficulty in acquiring the vote of confidence because it has already won 314 seats in Parliament.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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