Turkey changes distribution of deputies per electoral district

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As the number of deputies to be elected to the Turkish Parliament has risen to 600 from 550 with the approval of a constitutional reform package in a referendum in April, the number of deputies elected to Parliament from each electoral district has been changed.

According to the new distribution of deputies determined by the Supreme Election Board (YSK) and published in the Official Gazette on Thursday, the number of deputies elected from Ankara has been increased to 36 from 32 while the number of electoral districts in the province has been increased to three from two.

Turkey was split into 85 electoral districts, which elect a certain number of deputies to Parliament. In all but three cases, electoral districts share the same name and borders of the 81 provinces of Turkey. The exceptions are İzmir, İstanbul and Ankara, which have the largest populations.

According to the new distribution of deputies, the number of deputies elected from İstanul has risen to 97 from 88, while the number of deputies elected from İzmir has risen to 28 from 26.

The reform package approved in a referendum in April, among other things, introduced an executive presidency in Turkey.

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