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Turkish parliament reelects Mustafa Şentop as its speaker

A ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party lawmaker hailing from the northwestern Tekirdağ province, Şentop gained 328 votes in the third round of voting in the Turkish Grand National Assembly with 600 seats.

Anadolu Agency TURKEY
Published July 07,2020
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Turkish parliament on Tuesday reelected Mustafa Şentop as its speaker.

A ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party lawmaker hailing from the northwestern Tekirdağ province, Şentop gained 328 votes in the third round of voting in the Turkish Grand National Assembly with 600 seats.

In the third round of voting, at least 301 votes were needed to win the post.

The opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) supported Şentop in the election.

The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) candidate Haluk Koç got 134 votes, while the opposition candidate of Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Erol Katırcıoğlu bagged 51 votes.

Good (IYI) Party's candidate Imam Hüseyin Filiz collected 37 votes.

A total of 557 lawmakers cast ballots, while seven votes were declared invalid.

Speaking to lawmakers following the election, Şentop thanked them for participating in the process.

"The election is completed. No doubt that I will try to serve the grand parliament under the Constitution, the bylaw, other rules of law and parliamentary tendencies with justice and impartiality," he said.

In the Turkish parliament, the ruling AK Party holds 291 seats, while CHP has 138 seats, HDP 58, MHP 49, IYI Party 37, Turkish Workers Party two and independents six. The Democracy and Progress (Remedy) Party, Democrat Party (DP), Grand Unity Party (BBP), Saadet (Felicity) Party, and Democratic Regions Party (DBP) hold one each.

Şentop, 51, was born in Tekirdağ. He earned a bachelor's degree in law at Istanbul University and master's degree and PHD at Istanbul's Marmara University.