World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey's parliament will choose its new speaker on Tuesday as the current speaker Cemil Cicek's tenure expires.
General Assembly of the Parliament will convene at 15:00 Turkish local time to choose the 26th speaker.
MPs will vote for the three candidacies, ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party Ankara MP Cemil Cicek, main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Istanbul MP Osman Koruturk and opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Konya MP Faruk Bal for parliament speaker's office.
According to provisions of constitution, in order to elect a Parliament Speaker, two-thirds majority (367) of total number of deputies (550) is required to choose the parliament speaker in the first two rounds of the voting. The candidate who gets 367 votes in these two votings will be elected the new parliament speaker. If none of the candidates reach this majority, a third round of voting will be held and in this third round, the votes of absolute majority of deputies, equal to 276, will be necessary to choose the parliament speaker. Unless absolute majority is reached in the third round of voting, there will be a fourth round of voting between two candidates who get the highest number of votes in the first three rounds. Candidate who gets the highest number of votes in the fourth voting will be chosen as the Parliament Speaker.
So far, 25 people took the office of parliament speaker and on Tuesday MPs will decide on the 26th one.
The founder of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was the first parliament speaker of Turkey.
M. Abdulhalik Renda held the longest office period in the history of Turkish Parliament. Renda was elected for the first time back in 1935 and held the office continuously for 11 years until 1946 after being re-elected. Ismet Sezgin held the shortest office period which was 2 months and a week long in 1995.