Number of parties represented in Turkish Parliament rises to nine
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
The number of political parties represented in Turkish Parliament has risen to nine.
On Oct. 10, two lawmakers from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) jumped ship to the Turkish Workers Party (TİP).
Barış Atay Mengüllüoğlu, an HDP lawmaker from the southern Hatay province, and HDP Istanbul lawmaker Erkan Baş will now represent the TİP.
In the 600-seat parliament, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), which formed an alliance with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), has 290 seats.
The MHP now has 50 lawmakers, while the İYİ (Good) Party has 40.
The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has 144 lawmakers, while the HDP has 65.
Other seats belong to minor parties, including the Felicity Party (SP) with two seats, the Great Unity Party (BBP) with one seat and the Democrat Party (DP) with one seat.