AK Party’s Istanbul Mayor Candidate Resigns as Parliament Speaker

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) Istanbul mayoral candidate Binali Yildirım resigned Monday as Parliament speaker after officially filing his nomination papers.

AK Party’s Istanbul Mayor Candidate Resigns as Parliament Speaker

Parliament bylaw now requires parties to elect their candidates for the post and notify the Presidency Council within five days of the convention of the general assembly. Parliament will then elect a new speaker a day after the nomination deadline. Accordingly, the new Parliament speaker will be elected Sunday, Feb. 24.

Yıldırım on Tuesday officially yielded his post to The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Deputy Chairman Celal Adan, the oldest among the deputies, who will hold the post until Election Day, Daily Sabah reported.

Media reports claimed AK Party Group Deputy Chairman Naci Bostanci may be the party's frontrunner for the post. MHP Chairman Devlet Bahceli earlier announced that his party would not be present a candidate, but instead back the AK Party candidate.

After months of consultations, Yildirım's candidacy for Istanbul mayor's office was announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Dec. 29. He has long been regarded as the most prominent name for Istanbul, a city where the party that wins the elections is considered as having won majority across Turkey, as he was able to gather public support and appreciation.

Yıldırım became Turkey's last prime minister in May 2016, before the April 16 constitutional referendum in 2017 envisaged a new executive presidential system and abolished the prime minister's office.

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