Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emin Erdogan attend a gathering of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara, Turkey, July 1, 2014. Turkish Prime Minister and AKP Chairman Recep Tayyip Erdogan will run for president in the upcoming election slated for August 10. The candidacy was announced by AKP at a gathering in Ankara, where more than 4,000 AKP members were present. (Xinhua/Mustafa Kaya)
ANKARA, July 1 (Xinhua) -- Turkish Prime Minister and ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Chairman Recep Tayyip Erdogan will run for president in the upcoming election slated for August 10, a senior official of the ruling party said here on Tuesday.
Erdogan's widely expected candidacy was announced by AKP deputy chairman Mehmet Ali Sahin at a gathering in the Ankara Trade Chambers in Ankara, where more than 4,000 AKP members were present.
Following the announcement by the AKP deputy chairman, Erdogan thanked his supporters for his nomination.
He also said he would get vote from "all political views," adding that he desired not to be a president of any particular party or group, but a leader of the entire nation.
If elected, he would seek to further promote democracy and economy in the country, and keep on working for a peace process to end 30-year long Kurdish insurgency in the country, Erdogan said.
"We'll build a new Turkey all together," he said, noting that his priority would be a new constitution.
The upcoming elections are the first time the Turkish people will directly elect their president, who was previously chosen by parliament.
Although his party has been struggling with corruption scandals that involved some of his cabinet ministers, AKP still scored a convincing victory in local elections in March.
Erdogan, 60, has been serving as Turkey's prime minister since 2003. Party rules have barred him from a third term as the head of government.
The prime minister will compete with two other candidates in the elections. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu is a joint candidate nominated by two opposition parties, the Nationalist Movement Party and the main opposition Republican People's Party.
Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party has also picked party co- chair Selahattin Demirtas as its presidential candidate.