Turkey's PM gets party's support for presidential bid

Turkish ruling AK Party MPs voice support for PM Erdogan's election bid.

Turkey's PM gets party's support for presidential bid

World Bulletin / News Desk

Members of Parliament of Turkey's ruling AK Party met on Wednesday to endorse Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan's presidential bid, should he decide to run.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Erdogan are set to discuss the presidential elections, scheduled for Aug 10, but have not done so yet, the press office of Turkish Presidency said Tuesday.

In a meeting chaired by Erdogan at AK Party headquarters in Ankara, MPs voiced their wholehearted support for his candidacy.

MP from the southeastern province of Diyarbakir, Oya Eronat, said she whole heartedly supports Erdogan's run for presidency. MP from the central Anatolian province of Amasya, Naci Bostanci said that he is similiarly supportive and predicted that Erdogan will win outright in the first round, because of his "huge popular support".

MP for the eastern province of Agri, Ekrem Celebi also predicted an Erdogan win after the first round.

The presidential elections will be held in two rounds, the first of which will be held on August 10 and the second on August 24. The candidate getting 51 percent of the votes in the first round will be directly elected but if all candidates fail to reach that percent of votes, voting will go to a second round.

Turkey's president refuses to be drawn on election

Turkey's president remains non-committal about whether or not he will rerun for president in the upcoming August elections.

Answering journalists' questions in a joint press conference with Latvia's President Andris Brezins on Wednesday, President Abdullah Gul said he still had to discuss the issue with the Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Gul added that there will be other candidates and the decision is up to Turkish people, therefore no one should take the "presidential post for granted."

The first round of the elections will be held on August 10 and the second on August 24. The candidate getting 51 percent of the votes in the first round will be directly elected but if all candidates fail to reach that percent of votes, voting will go to a second round.

Asked about a draft law to give Turkey's intelligence agency (MIT) broader powers to demand unrestricted access to the records of state institutions and private companies without a court order, Gul said "these kind of laws are always highly-debated" and added that he had made suggestions to the undersecretary of MIT.

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