Three Turkish lawmakers run for parliament speaker: report

08:35, July 05, 2011      

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Three lawmakers are running their candidacies for new parliament speaker of Turkey, the semi- official Anatolia news agency reported on Monday.

The parliament will elect its new speaker on Monday, said the report, adding besides Justice & Development Party (AKP) lawmaker Cemil Cicek, another AKP MP Zelkif Kazdal and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) parliamentarian Tunca Toskay have run their candidacies for the post.

Under the constitution, one has to win two-thirds of total number of MPs (367 votes) to be elected a parliament speaker in the first two rounds of vote. If candidates fail to gain this number of votes, they have to win the votes of absolute majority of the parliament, which is equal to 276 votes, in the third round.

If none of the candidates win absolute majority of votes in the third round, two candidates who get the highest votes in the third round will compete in the fourth round. The candidate who wins the highest vote in the fourth round will become the new parliament speaker of Turkey.

After the parliament speaker is elected, the chairmanship council will be set up. Political parties will nominate their members for the council and present the list to the parliament speaker's office. Then, the list will be submitted to the consent of the general assembly.

According to parliament by-laws, the chairmanship council consists of a chairman, four deputy chairmen, seven members and three administrative chiefs.

After the chairmanship council is set up and the new government is formed, the government will read out its program at the parliament, and MPs will debate the program two days after the government program is read. The vote of confidence will take place one day after the debates on government program end.

Source: Xinhua
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