Parliament is to start its recess on Tuesday following the first round of the election for parliament speaker despite the initial offer to continue legislative work during the month of July due to important draft laws. Governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) officials told Today's Zaman that Parliament is supposed to start its recess at the scheduled date given the holy month of Ramadan and the increased tension in domestic politics.
Deputies will cast their votes on Tuesday during the first round of the elections in which three candidates are running for the office of speaker. The Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) did not nominate a candidate, the AK Party nominated Ankara deputy and incumbent Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek, the Republican People's Party (CHP) nominated İstanbul deputy and retired Ambassador Osman Korutürk, and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) nominated Konya deputy Faruk Bal.
In the first two voting sessions, a two-thirds majority of Parliament is required to be elected. If no one gets the required majority in two sessions, a third will be held, and the candidate who receives a simple majority will be elected. In the event that no simple majority is provided in the third session, a fourth session will be held between the two candidates who received the most votes. The candidate who receives the most votes in the fourth session will be elected the speaker. The elections are held by secret ballot.
Given the distribution of seats in Parliament and the AK Party's majority, Çiçek is expected to be re-elected in the third round. Çiçek is the 25th speaker of Parliament. The election for speaker is held every two years.
For the election of the deputy parliamentary speaker, the AK Party nominated Ayşenur Bahçekapılı and Sadık Yakut, the CHP nominated Güldal Mumcu, and the MHP nominated Meral Akşener. If elected, three women will serve as the deputy parliamentary speaker in the bureau.
CihanGüncelleme Tarihi: 02 Temmuz 2013, 09:46