Turkish dailies on Thursday cover the first plenary session of the Turkish parliament


World Bulletin / News Desk 

Turkish dailies on Thursday covered the first plenary session of the Turkish parliament for its 25th term following the June 7 general election.

The MPs gathered Wednesday to take oaths until late into the night.

"Good start," was VATAN's headline.

Common sense dominated the parliament, the paper said, adding there were no negative reactions, as in previous years.

"Most colorful parliament," MILLIYET headlined, saying the parliament included MPs from all origins or walks of life: Armenian, Assyrian, Ezidi, Kurdish, disabled, or headscarved.

The paper added that the number of female MPs had reached 98 for the first time.

STAR mentioned the case of Ravza Kavakci Kan -- sister of Merve Kavakci, who had been prevented from taking her oath in 1999 because of her headscarf.

She took the oath wearing the same headscarf that her sister wore 16 years ago.

The paper also mentioned Dilek Ocalan -- the niece of Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party or PKK. She is one of the youngest members of the new parliament.

CUMHURIYET reported that two MPs, Mustafa Balbay and Tuncay Ozkan, who had been jailed over a long-running coup trial called "Ergenekon" but were later released upon order of the country’s Constitutional Court, were also in the parliament, saluting their colleagues together.

The Justice and Development (AK) Party, the Republican People's Party (CHP), the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) are the only four parties in the parliament.

According to official results, the Justice and Development (AK) Party came first in the June 7 polls with 258 MPs elected to the Turkish parliament. The Republican People's Party (CHP) has 132 seats, while the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) each have 80.

The parties are expected to find a way for coalition after no single party was able to reach the needed majority to form a government.

Should they fail to do so, the country will have to go through new parliamentary elections.

"It is time for compromise," HURRIYET headlined, quoting the current speaker Deniz Baykal as saying: "Parties should reach a compromise for which our people have asked."

CHP's Baykal, 76, presided over the assembly as the oldest member of parliament. He will hold that position until a new speaker is elected next week.

SABAH said the first two immediate expectations of Turkish people from the new parliament were "a new speaker for the parliament", and "a government".

The paper quoted several MPs from the four parties who all stressed the need for "an immediate government".

According to the Turkish constitution, the election of the speaker shall be conducted via secret ballot.

Candidates for the seat of parliament speaker can submit their applications until June 28.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Haziran 2015, 12:05