OIC ex-head to run for seat in Turkey’s parliament

OIC ex-head to run for seat in Turkey’s parliament
15:47 7 Aprel 2015
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Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 7

By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:

The former head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, will take part in the parliamentary election in Turkey, representing the oppositional Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), the Milliyet newspaper reported Apr. 7.

He will represent Istanbul in the election.

In August 2014, Ihsanoglu’s candidacy was put forward for the presidential election.

Turkey’s presidential election was held on August 10, 2014. The election was won by the former prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who garnered 51.8 percent of the votes.

Ihsanoglu was second with 38.56 percent of the votes, and the head of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtas was the third with 9.79 percent of the votes.

Some 53,765,231 voters are to cast their votes in the parliamentary election to be held in Turkey June 7, 2015. Aside from that, 2.9 million Turkish citizens will vote abroad.

The embassies of Turkey in 54 countries will establish 112 polling stations.

The representatives of 31 political parties will take part in the parliamentary election.

More than 70 current MPs from the ruling Justice and Development Party of Turkey will not be able to take part in the parliamentary election in 2015.

This decision was made in line with the internal regulations, according to which the MPs from the party have no right to be elected to the parliament for more than three terms.

Such well-known representatives of the Justice and Development Party, as deputy prime ministers Bulent Arinc, Besir Atalay and Ali Babacan, Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdag, deputy chairman of the party Huseyin Celik, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will not be able to take part in the election.

During the parliamentary election, which took place in Turkey in 2011, the ruling Justice and Development Party gained 46.66 percent of the vote. Some 20.85 percent of the vote went to the Republican People’s Party (CHP), and 14.29 percent of the vote was collected by the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

Edited by SI

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