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Turkish AKP defines candidate for presidential race

02 June 2014 [13:00] - TODAY.AZ
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development party has decided on its candidate for the presidential elections, Turkish TRT Haber TV channel quoted the country's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc as saying on June 2.

The deputy prime minister emphasized that the party's choice is obvious, however, he didn't specify the candidate's name.

Arinc earlier said that the great support of the Turkish people and the results of the municipal elections give ground to say that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan can be elected president if his candidacy is nominated.

The presidential elections in Turkey have been scheduled for August 10, 2014.

If none of the candidates gathers 51 percent of votes in the first round, the second round will take place on August 24.

As distinct from the previous presidential elections, the Turkish president will be elected by people, but not by the parliament as of 2014, according to the results of a referendum held in 2007. The Turkish president will be elected for five-year term instead of the previous seven-year term, according to the referendum results.

Turkish opposition is expected to nominate a single candidate for the presidential elections.



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