New Turkish government led by PM Yıldırım wins vote of confidence

Published 29.05.2016 14:05
Updated 29.05.2016 18:15
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım (center) at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (AA Photo)
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım (center) at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (AA Photo)

The 65th government of Turkey led by Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım won the vote of confidence on Sunday at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.

Prime Minister and ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party chairman Binali Yıldırım's government received 315 votes while 138 deputies voted against the administration.

The party has 317 deputies in the 550-seat Grand National Assembly. Only 453 deputies attended Sunday's vote.

In a statement earlier, the AK Party said one of its deputies for Bolu, Ali Ercoşkun, was unable to attend the vote due to duties overseas; the remaining deputy is the speaker of parliament and is excluded from voting.

On May 5, former prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and his cabinet resigned and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accepted.

Yıldırım, 60, who was the sole candidate to run for the party's leadership became AK Party chairman and Turkey's new prime minister on May 22. He later revealed a new cabinet.

Following Sunday's vote, Yıldırım made a speech of thanks in parliament, saying that "our new government is everyone's government".

"We will move to further enhance our democracy; we will develop more human rights and freedoms. We will also work day and night for our nation's unity, togetherness and brotherhood," he added.

The new cabinet also paid a visit to the Ankara mausoleum of Turkey's first president-Mustafa Kemal Atatürk-after Yıldırım's speech.

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