HDP co-chair Pervin Buldan (2nd from left) and Binali Yildirim (centre) cast their ballots in the first round of voting for parliament speaker in Turkey’s Grand National Assembly on Thursday. Photo: Adem Altan/AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkey’s parliament has elected former prime minister Binali Yildirim as speaker.
Yildirim was the ruling AKP’s nominee for the post. He won in the third round of a secret ballot on Thursday.
AKP is just shy of a majority in the parliament, but it has a working alliance with the nationalist MHP.
“In this new term, the duties and responsibilities of the parliament will be heavier. While conducting its legislative and supervisory duties, parliament will also fulfill the legal needs of the presidential government to ensure efficient implementation of its execution,” he told parliament, Hurriyet Daily News reported.
“With the constitutional change, the culture of compromise will be improved in parliament,” he added.
Yildirim was Turkey’s last prime minister – the post was abolished with Turkey’s shift to an executive presidency. He is a loyal supporter of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Ahead of the vote, the pro-Kurdish HDP had stressed the “critical role” of the parliament, and the duty of the opposition to hold the legislature to account.
“It is very important for us to monitor the parliament’s legislative and executive functions,” HDP stated.