Sezer to Erdogan: Submit new cabinet list to 'new president'

Justice & Development (AK) Party and Istanbul Deputy Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that President Ahmet Necdet Sezer asked him to submit the list of the cabinet of 60th government to the new president.

Sezer to Erdogan: Submit new cabinet list to 'new president'

Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer refused Thursday to accept a new cabinet list handed to him by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, asking him instead to hand the list - and thus form a new government - to whoever is elected president later this month.

Speaking after meeting Sezer, Erdogan said the president had given no reasons for his decision but merely said that he should ask the next president to approve his cabinet list.

The prime minister said that the president did not look at the list of his proposed new cabinet.

Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) won a clear majority in elections held on July 22.

Parliament will hold a first round of voting on August 20 to decide who will replace Sezer as head of state.

No single candidate is expected to win two-thirds of the vote needed to be elected in the first round but Erdogan's close colleague Abdullah Gul is expected to be elected in the third round of voting on August 28 when a simple majority is all that is needed.

DPA

Last Mod: 16 Ağustos 2007, 17:19
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