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Foreign Minister signaled Wednesday that his presidential candidacy was still good when he said, "I cannot ignore what our people have pointed to. And, I cannot ignore our people's will. Now we have before us new a parliament where 85 percent of our nation (percentage of participation to general elections) is represented and we need to assess this result thoroughly. Nobody can place a political ban on others. It is out of the question that I should rule myself out as a candidate for the presidency. "
Arzu Yalcindag, chairwoman of the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) called on a prospective government to create an environment within the next 180 days where interest rates could drop and define a new strategy for growth including micro-economic policies. Yalcindag said TUSIAD was expecting that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan would maintain his conciliatory attitude and would give Turkey's European Union membership bid a new momentum.
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Chairman Devlet Bahceli said in an interview with the Milliyet daily that their group will be in attendance at the parliamentary general assembly during the voting for the presidential election. "The Justice & Development (AK) Party does not need a compromise for the presidential election. They can name any person as their candidate. And, we have the right not to support their candidate. They do not need our support anyway. Number of AKP MPs is adequate to elect the new president in the third round," he said. Upon a question about MHP's attitude about the DTP, Bahceli said, "we will not have any problem with them as long as they remain loyal to the oath."
Foreign Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul said in an interview with the Milliyet daily that Turkish people gave a quite clear message in Sunday's general elections. Asked whether he will run for presidency, Gul said, "how can I ignore our people's will?"
Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said regarding his presidential candidacy: "it is obvious what national will wants. I cannot ignore what people have pointed." He also said, "I cannot say I won't run for candidacy. All of our pointer and compass should be democracy."
Famous research company Pew: the rate of Turks who are happy with their lives increased 10 points in the last 5 years. The figure reached 26 percent.
"Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul is to be elected president this time because if he cannot, Turkey would go to the polls again. But can Republican People's Party (CHP), the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the independent deputies risk elections?" VATAN's correspondent in Ankara Bilal Cetin wrote. "Gul did not openly voiced his intention to run for president but what he meant was just that. And in the last presidential vote, 352 deputies were not enough for him to be elected, but this time, it highly likely that 341 deputies will secure him the post.
Deputy Chairman of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Mustafa Ozyurek said Wednesday that his party would not support Foreign Minister Abdullah's Gul's candidacy for the president. "It seems that Mr. Gul has received the support of other groups and parties, but we will not extend our support," Ozyurek told a press meeting.
Foreign Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul replied to a question whether he will run for presidency, "I cannot ignore the signal from the streets. Also, I cannot ignore our people's will." "Nobody can place a political ban on others. The process of the presidential election should be completed maturely and constructively in a way which will further strengthen our country and our people."
Sixty-eight members of the Justice & Development (AK) Party in the southern city of Mersin including the provincial chairman were detained on corruption charges. Their detention period was extended to allow security forces to carry out a full investigation into allegations of corruption and bribery.
Mustafa Ozyurek, deputy chairman of Republican People's Party (CHP), said regarding statements of FM Abdullah Gul --who said that people want his presidential candidacy to continue-- that CHP will not support Gul, but if he is elected, they will respect. On the other hand, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) will decide on Saturday.
Republican People's Party (CHP) Central Executive Board (MYK) presented its resignation to chairman Deniz Baykal. Party assembly was called on a meeting on August 2nd.
Turkish Foreign Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul held a news conference to clarify whether he will run again for presidency. "The process will continue in line with the national will. I cannot ignore the signal from the streets. My decision is quite clear and people's desire is evident. It is out of the question that I should rule myself out as a candidate (for the presidency)," he said.
Republican People's Party (CHP) Deputy Chairman Mustafa Ozyurek reiterated that they do not want to see Foreign Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul at the presidential office, adding that there is no change in CHP's attitude against him. Meanwhile, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) said that its group will be in attendance at the parliamentary general assembly during the voting for the presidential election. MHP MP Osman Durmus said that they will maintain their compromising attitude.
With the elections results became clear, Ankara has turned its eyes again on presidential vote. The question was whether Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, whose presidency was blocked by a court order, would run for the top post again. And in a press meeting Wednesday, Gul signaled that he would run for it: "I cannot ignore what our people have pointed to. And, I cannot ignore our people's will. Nobody can place a political ban on others. It is out of the question that I should rule myself out as a candidate for the presidency."
Opposition groups within the left are bracing to raise voice against Deniz Baykal, leader of Republican People's Party (CHP), in a series of public meetings similar to those held during recent presidential vote which were popularly known as "rallies for the republic." The first of such opposition rallies is set to be held on Saturday outside the CHP headquarters in Ankara. Over ten thousand CHP supporters are expected to gather in the meeting.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he is not candidate for presidential elections, adding that he is waiting for the will of FM Abdullah Gul.
Republican People's Party (CHP) instantly announced that it will not support FM Abdullah Gul's presidential candidacy. Mustafa Ozyurek, deputy chairman of CHP, said that they will object Gul with the same reasons again.
Agreement on EU natural gas pipeline --which will pass via Turkey to Greece and Italy-- will be signed in Rome today.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Temmuz 2007, 14:43