Presidential election process has begun in Turkish parliament on Friday.
According to the new Speaker of the parliament Koksal Toptan, any deputy aspiring to run for the president can do so until Sunday midnight, August 19th, 2007.
Voting tours to elect the new president would be completed within 20 days, as of August 20th, 2007.
The first round of the presidential election will be held on August 20th.
Prospective candidates may apply until August 19th (midnight).
On August 20th, the parliament's general assembly will convene to elect the new president. If they fail on the first round, the second round will be held on August 24th.
If the new president cannot be elected in the second round, the third round will take place on August 28th and the last round on September 1st.
No one has applied to run for president yet.
Erdogan on presidential election
"We have a Council of Ministers meeting scheduled for Monday (August 13th). We will have a Central Executive Board (MYK) meeting on the same day as well. We will assess the (presidential election) calendar altogether," said Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday, when commenting on the presidential election process.
Erdogan replied to questions at the parliament, regarding the schedule for presidential election.
Upon a question on whether he would hold talks with opposition leaders, Erdogan said, "I do not know if I personally, or our candidate friends, will meet them. It is not clear yet".
In his reply to another question on when he would submit the new government to the President, Erdogan noted, "As you know the process regarding the formation of the new government has also started today. I am planning to complete and submit the cabinet list as soon as possible".
When asked if he would wait for the new president (to get elected) to submit the new government list, Erdogan replied: "I am not compelled to do so".
Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Ağustos 2007, 01:38