World Bulletin / News Desk
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with President Abdullah Gül on Thursday at the Çankaya presidential palace in the Turkish capital of Ankara.
Erdoğan's visit comes after Gül dismissed suggestions by Erdoğan that the president had exceeded his authority in the handling of a banned protest march, highlighting increasingly open differences between the two leaders.
Erdoğan expressed irritation at police failure to prevent thousands of secularists marching in a banned Republic Day rally in Ankara on Monday.
After removing initial barricades blocking the protesters' path, police eventually fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd, prompting the prime minister to question who had ordered them to remove barricades in the first place.
"We did not get this country to where it is today with double-headed government and this country will go nowhere in the future with double-headed government," he told a news conference on Tuesday, apparently referring to the presidency.
Gül on Wednesday rejected the idea of a conflict of powers.
"There can be nothing more natural than me as president asking officials that the Republic holiday be celebrated throughout the country in a decent way," the Turkish president said.
"There is no double-headed [government] in the state ... Our constitution and laws clearly state our authority, duty and responsibilities," Gül told reporters at the presidential palace.
Last Mod: 01 Kasım 2012, 17:13