ANKARA, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Turkey's ruling Justice
and Development Party (AKP) renominated Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime
Minister Abdullah Gul as presidential candidate on Monday, the semi-official
Anatolia news agency reported.
Turkish reliable sources were quoted as saying that
Gul has been nominated for the president during AKP's Central Executive Board
meeting on Monday evening, adding that Gul is expected to meet opposition
leaders on Tuesday.
Gul withdrew from the presidential elections in May
after the parliament's general assembly failed to reach a quorum of 367 voters
needed to elect a new president due to boycott by the opposition, prompting
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to call an early parliamentary election.
The ruling party won a sweeping victory in the July
22 election and now holds a majority of seats in parliament.
Turkey's secular elite are strongly opposed to the
nomination of Gul, a controversial figure with an Islamist background, and the
main opposition Republican People's Party has called on the AKP to name a
compromise candidate for the post.
The first round of presidential election will be held
on August20 and prospective candidates may apply until midnight August 19,
Anatolia said on Friday.
If the parliament's general assembly fails to elect a
new president in the first round, there will be a second round on August 24, and
may be a third round on August 28 and a fourth and last round on September 1,
the report added.
PM: Turkey to elect new president without crisis
ANKARA, July 23 (Xinhua) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday expressed his belief that his party would elect a new president in collaboration with other parties without allowing any crisis in the new parliament.
He made the remarks during a press conference held after he submitted the resignation of Council of Ministers to President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. Full story