Turkish parliament accepts Gul's withdrawal

The parliament accepted Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul's petition to withdraw from the presidential contest, in which he had been the sole candidate on Wednesday.

Turkish parliament accepts Gul's withdrawal
The parliament accepted Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul's petition to withdraw from the presidential contest, in which he had been the sole candidate on Wednesday.

Gul's withdrawal became inevitable after he failed to win enough backing from the assembly in two rounds of voting. Parliament elects the president in Turkey for a seven-year term.

"As there is no presidential candidate, there is no possibility of electing a president. For this reason, the voting has been cancelled," parliament's deputy speaker Nevzat Pakdil told the chamber in televised remarks.

A new parliament will now choose a president after the July 22 general election.

President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, who had been due to retire on May 16, will stay on as interim head of state until his successor can be chosen.

Last Mod: 09 Mayıs 2007, 16:49
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