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Tur­key’s new par­lia­ment on Thurs­day elected as speaker for­mer prime min­is­ter Bi­nali Yildirim, a loy­al­ist of Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan whose post was abol­ished af­ter elec­tions last month.

The 600-mem­ber par­lia­ment ap­proved Yildirim, 62, of the rul­ing Jus­tice and De­vel­op­ment Party (AKP) as the new speaker with 335 votes in the third round of vot­ing. (AFP)

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