Turkish MPs sworn in; Yildirim nominated as parliament speaker

Six-hundred parliamentarians from five political parties take oaths following last month's elections.

Turkey's new members of parliament have been sworn in following last month's elections that significantly expanded the powers of the presidency.
Six hundred politicians from five parties on Saturday took oaths to serve in parliament in the capital, Ankara.
Among them are 295 MPs from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and 49 from the allied Nationalist Movement Party.
The rest are opposition MPs from the secular Republican People's Party (CHP), pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) and nationalist IYI (Good) Party.
Turkey's governing system is changing from a parliamentary system to an executive presidency, which abolishes the office of the prime minister and gives parliament more responsibilities.
The number of MPs increased by 50 seats and a majority in parliament now requires 301 votes. According to the internal regulations of the parliament, the election for the parliamentary speaker will take place on July 12.

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