Turkey ex-PM Binali Yıldırım elected parliament speaker

Turkish parliament elected as speaker former prime minister Binali Yıldırım, a loyalist of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan whose post was abolished after elections last month
Thursday, 12 July 2018 18:32

Turkey's Parliament has elected former Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, 62, as its speaker.

Legislators in the 600-seat assembly elected 62-year-old Yıldırım with 335 votes in a third round of balloting on Thursday. Erdoğan's AKP is just short of a majority in the parliament, but counts on backing from its ally, the hard-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), whose votes helped agree Yıldırım as speaker.

Turkey this week formally switched to an executive system of government that abolished the office of prime minister and concentrates sweeping powers in the hands of the president.