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2007 Election Results

22 Jul 2007 election10 Sep 2007
Political party votes percentage seats
Registered Voters 42,799,303
Ballots Cast 36,056,293
Valid Votes 35,049,691
Justice and Development Party
( AKP Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi)
16,327,291 46.58340
Republican People's Party
(CHP Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi)
7,317,808 20.8898
Nationalist Movement Party
(MHP Milliyetçi Hareket Partisi)
5,001,869 14.2770
Democrat Party
(DP Demokrat Parti)
1,898,873 5.42--
Democratic Society Party
DTP Demokrat Türkiye Partisi)
----20
Democratic Left Party
(DSP Demokratik Sol Parti)
----13
Young Party
1,064,871 3.04--
Felicity Party
(SP Saadet Partisi)
820,289 2.34--
Independent Turkey Party
(Bagimsiz Türkiye Partisi BTP)
182,095 0.52--
People's Ascent Party
179,010 0.51--
Workers' Party
(IP Isçi Partisi)
128,148 0.37--
Enlightened Turkey Party
(ATP Aydinlik Türkiye Partisi)
100,982 0.29--
Communist Party of Turkey
(Türkiye Komünist Parti)
79,258 0.23--
Freedom and Solidarity Party
(ÖDP Özgürlük ve Dayanisma Partisi)
52,055 0.151
Grand Union Party
(BBP Büyük Birlik Partisi)
----1
Liberal Democratic Party
(LDP Liberal Demokrat Parti)
35,363 0.10--
Labor Party
(EMEP Emegin Partisi)
26,292 0.08--
Independents
1,835,486 5.245
VACANT
----2
Total550

The final results of the general elections of July 22 were published in the Official Gazette. According to the Supreme Board of Elections (YSK), some 35.8 million of 42.6 million eligible voters cast ballots throughout Turkey. The number of valid votes was 34.8 million.

The new Parliament (23rd term) convened for its first session on August 4. The new deputies were sworn in at this session and formally took office. Köksal Toptan, a deputy from the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, was elected the new Parliament speaker on August 9. A total of 535 deputies took part in the first round of voting. Toptan was elected Parliament Speaker with 450 votes, while his sole rival Tunca Toskay, a deputy from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), won 74. Eleven votes were invalid. Toptan will serve for two legislative years as the new Parliament Speaker.

Although opinion polls predicted that the AK Party would win, few expected such impressive victory: the AK Party managed to secure the support of 46.5% of the votes cast and gained 341 seats in the 550 member Parliament. Following the 22 July 2007 general elections, the alliance between the CHP and DSP was dissolved, as planned, and 13 deputies returned to the latter party. In addition, a number of independent deputies joined the DTP, ÖDP and BBP following the elections; the DTP had enough deputies to form a group in Parliament. The number of deputies of the Justice and Development (AK) Party dropped to 340 after Abdullah Gül was elected the new president of Turkey.

Turkey's 10th President Ahmet Necdet Sezer designated Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to form the new government on 06 August 2007. President Sezer left the task to approve Turkey's new Cabinet to his successor, said Erdogan on August 16. Erdogan submitted the new Cabinet list to President Abdullah Gül on August 29. President Abdullah Gül approved the list of the 60th government members. The list of members of the 60th government is as follows: Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Çiçek, State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Hayati Yazici, State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Nazim Ekren, State Minister Mehmet Aydin, State Minister Murat BaGesgioglu, State Minister KürGad Tüzmen, State Minister Nimet Çubukçu, State Minister Mehmet gimGek, State Minister Mustafa Said Yazicioglu, Justice Minister Mehmet Ali gahin, National Defense Minister Vecdi Gönül, Interior Minister BeGir Atalay, Foreign Minister Ali Babacan, Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan, National Education Minister Hüseyin Çelik, Public Works and Housing Minister Faruk Nafiz Özak, Health Minister Recep Akdag, Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim, Agriculture and Rural Affairs Minister Mehmet Mehdi Eker, Labor and Social Security Minister Faruk Çelik, Industry and Trade Minister Mehmet Zafer Çaglayan, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Güler, Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Günay, Environment and Forestry Minister Veysel Eroglu.

The program of the 60th government to be led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was read out in Parliament on 31 August 2007. Debate of the program began on September 3. A vote of confidence on the government took place on September 5. The 60th government won its vote of confidence in Parliament. Of 535 deputies taking part in the vote, 337 deputies voted in favor of the confidence motion and 197 voted against. Following Gul's move to the presidency, AKP seats in Parliament total 340; an MHP deputy died in August 2007, bringing the number of MHP members to 70; and the ban on a DTP deputy expired in July 2008, raising the number of DTP members to 21.





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