Turkey's foreign minister Abdullah Gul is expected to be elected the country's next president on Tuesday.
The candidate for the country's ruling Justice and Development party (AKP), Gul is expected to garner at least 276 votes from parliamentarians when they vote for a new leader.
Unlike the previous two rounds, when Gul failed to win the support of two-thirds of the parliament's members, in Tuesday's voting, he just needs a simple majority of the votes from the 549-seat parliament to clinch the job.
Gul received 341 and 337 votes respectively in the first and second rounds, falling short of the required 367, or two thirds majority.
The main opposition, the secularist People's Republican Party (CHP) will boycott Tuesday's round as it did in the previous two rounds, while the right-wing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) will support its candidate.
However, according to the laws an absolute majority of 276 votes is enough for a candidate to be elected in the third round. Gul's AKP has 341 seats in the parliament.
If elected Gul will be the country's 11th president and he is expected to sworn in at around 6pm local time after the voting is complete.
Outgoing president Ahmet Necdet Sezer will hand over the post to Gul on Wednesday.
Prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will present the new cabinet list to Gul on Friday and the vote of confidence in the parliament is expected on 5 September.
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