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UNCLAS ANKARA 007924 SIPDIS CENTCOM AND EUCOM: PLEASE PASS TO POLADS AND J-5 E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: PGOV, PREL, ECON, TU SUBJECT: TURKEY: TIMELINE TO ESTABLISH NEXT GOVERNMENT 1. Timeline in para 2 lists the sequence of steps to be followed as the Justice and Development (AK) Party prepares to establish a government in the wake of its Nov. 3 landslide election victory. According to AK officials, assuming that President Sezer observes Turkish law and tradition (i.e., gives the mandate to form a government to a prime-ministerial candidate from the largest party in Parliament, in this case AK), the next government can be up and running by early December. 2. Timeline: -- Nov. 3 election results and distribution of seats certified by Supreme Election Board (YSK) by Nov. 17-18. -- Within five days (approx. Nov. 22) after YSK announces the results, new Parliament convenes, M.P.s take oath. -- As soon as new Parliament is seated, the Turkish President is free to bestow the mandate to form the next government. By tradition, the mandate goes to the leader of the largest party in Parliament. In AK's case party leader Erdogan was ruled ineligible to run for parliament and thus cannot be Prime Minister during the just-elected Parliament. AK will thus choose a P.M. candidate from among its newly-elected majority once Erdogan has had an initial meeting with President Sezer Nov. 7. -- P.M.-designate has 45 days to form a government, during which time he submits a proposed cabinet list to the President. -- Once the President approves the proposed cabinet list, the new government is constituted (i.e., the 58th government will be announced in this case) but does not yet assume powers. -- P.M. submits cabinet list and, usually at the same time, government's draft program to Parliament. -- Within seven days of submission of cabinet list, the P.M. or his designated minister reads the draft program. -- After allowing two days for parliamentary review of the program, Parliament begins debate on vote of confidence (technically, a vote of confidence on the government's draft program). -- Vote takes place one full day after end of debate; debate is of undetermined length; expected to be shorter in the current situation, given AK's ability to form a one-party government with only one party in opposition. -- Upon winning the vote of confidence, the government assumes its functions. PEARSON
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