ANKARA, March 7 (Xinhua) -- For the first time Turkey's voters instead of the parliament will elect the country's president, local media reported on Friday.
Turkey's High Election Board decided that the election is slated for Aug. 10.
Incumbent President Abdullah Gul's seven-year term is set to expire in 2014. He can run for a new term, yet now limited to five years. Gul has yet to announce if he will run for a second term.
Recent reports said that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan would run for presidency, but only if the constitution is further amended to extend president's power.
Turkey will hold local elections by the end of March. It is expected to influence presidential nominees, as the ballots will indicate public support to the government.
Turkey amended its constitution in 2007 to elect its president by popular voters rather than by the parliament. The amendment also allows two consecutive five-year presidential terms in stead of one seven-year term.