World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has challenged the statement made by the head of Turkey's constitutional court, who claimed that he was not qualified to run for presidency later this year.
Constitutional court head Hasim Kilic last week claimed that Erdogan was not legally allowed to run for president as the country's law showed that he did not have the necessary academic qualifications to do so.
Speaking to Bloomberg TV, Erdogan said that although he was willing to abide by the verdicts of the constitutional court, he maintained his right to appeal against it, adding that the head judge was basing his verdicts on political inclinations instead of the law.
Stating that he was overcome with sadness on hearing the verdict, Erdogan said that Kilic will forever be haunted by his mistaken ruling.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes to take over the Turkish presidency from Abdullah Gul in the country's first presidential election later this year. Although he is yet to officially apply, it is highly expected that he will step forward and win the election.
Abdullah Gul is yet to officially declare whether or not he will run, in the event of Erdogan entering the race it is likely that Gul will make way for him. President Gul has already stated, however, that he is not interested in swapping roles with Erdogan to become the new Prime Minister and has indicated that he will retire from politics.Last Mod: 29 Nisan 2014, 16:34