Pro-Erdogan deputy elected as Turkey’s parliamentary speaker

Published November 22nd, 2015 - 06:18 GMT

Justice and Development (AK) Party lawmaker Ismail Kahraman was elected speaker of Turkish parliament on Sunday.

Kahraman received 316 votes in the third round of voting by the Grand National Assembly’s 550 deputies.

The Istanbul deputy replaces Ismet Yilmaz as parliamentary speaker, the second highest position in the Turkish state.

Kahraman is a veteran AK Party member from Rize, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s home province.

He previously worked at the labor and culture ministries as, respectively, undersecretary and minister.

Married with four children, he served as culture minister between 1996 and 1997 and was previously a deputy in Turkey’s 20th and 21st parliaments.

The AK Party holds 317 seats in parliament while the Republican People’s Party (CHP) has 134 seats, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) 59 seats and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) 40.

In the first two rounds of voting, successful candidates would have needed the support of at least 367 lawmakers.

In a third round of voting, a minimum of 276 votes is needed.


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