Turkey's Gul and Erdogan to discuss presidential elections

It is currently unclear if current President Abdullah Gul will seek re-election or if he will make way for PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan to seek presidency.

Turkey's Gul and Erdogan to discuss presidential elections

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will in the near future discuss the presidential elections scheduled for Aug. 10, the press office of Turkish Presidency said Tuesday.

Gul's chief press advisor dismissed media reports that Gul and Erdogan had already discussed the process and agreed on key points. Ahmet Sever told journalists that the two have not yet had such talks but will soon.

"The news and scenarios circulating in the media do not reflect the truth," he said.

Gul's seven-year tenure will expire on Aug. 28.

Prime Minister Erdogan will decide whether to run for president after discussing the issue with Gul, who may serve as prime minister if Erdogan is elected president.

Deputy Prime Minister Emrullah Isler had said a lawmaker from northeastern Bayburt province may resign to open way for Gul to become a member of parliament and eventually prime minister. That would clear the path for Erdogan to run for president.

The formula is similar to that used by Erdogan to take over the prime minister's office from Gul in 2003, when Erdogan could not be a lawmaker due to a political ban. After the ban was lifted, Erdogan won a seat in parliament from Siirt province. Gul then resigned as prime minister and was succeeded by Erdogan.

According to a ruling by Turkey's Supreme Electoral Board released in the Official Gazette early Tuesday, the first round of the presidential election will be held Aug. 10. If no candidate receives the required 51 per cent of the votes in the first round a run-off will be held Aug. 24.

Turkey will for the first time in its history be able to choose its president by direct vote. In a constitutional referendum in 2007, more than two-thirds of Turkish voters cast their ballots in favor of electing the president by popular vote instead of by parliament, decreasing the presidential term from seven years to five, and allowing the president to run for a second term.

Last Mod: 15 Nisan 2014, 18:02
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