World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey's former president Abdullah Gül confirmed on Friday that he will not be running as a candidate in the upcoming general elections which will take place in June.
Responding to questions from the press following Friday prayers, Gül said that he will not be involved in active politics to clarify recent speculations that he will be running as a candidate for the AK Party.
Gül stated that similar rumors had also spread when he left his seat at the end of his presidential term and said that he does not think about taking an active part in politics. "Without a doubt, I was one of the founders of the AK Party" said Gül, adding that he has done invaluable work for the nation with the AK Party and will continue to work for the benefit of the nation and the Turkish state, but added that doing this does not mean he has to be active in politics.
"I want all my friends - at the AK Party - to be successful as their success entails service to the nation" Gül said and underlined that he is ready to provide assistance by expressing his views and thoughts.