Turkey officially announces parliamentary election results

Turkeyand’s Supreme Election Board (YSK) announced the official results of a repeat parliamentary election on Nov. 1, formally paving the way for the inauguration of a new Parliament and the formation of a new government.
A total of 85 percent of 56.9 million registered voters participated in the election, YSK Chairman Sadi Ganduven said at a press conference in Ankara.
The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) won 317 seats in the 550-member Parliament, according to Ganduven. The Republican Peopleand’s Party (CHP) secured 134 seats, while the pro-Kurdish Peoplesand’ Democratic Party (HDP) officially became the third largest party represented in Parliament with 59 seats. The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) got the remaining 40 seats.
Under Turkish law, Parliamentand’s General Assembly convenes five days after the announcement of the official election results by the YSK. Thus, the new Parliament is now expected to convene on Nov. 17 for a session in which the newly elected parliamentarians will be sworn in.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoilu, who is from the AK Party and currently heads an interim election government, is expected to have a meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the parliamentary session later on Nov. 17 to discuss the formation of a government.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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