World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey's President Abdullah Gul has turned down an offer from the right-wing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) for him to run again for presidency in the upcoming August elections.
Although Abdullah Gul was one of the founding members of the current ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), the role of Turkish president is a neutral position which requires no affiliation to any political party.
However, Abdullah Gul, who has said he has no plans to continue his political career after his term is over, is expected to make way for fellow AK Party co-founder and present Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Although Erdogan is yet to confirm his candidacy, it is highly expected that he will enter the presidential race as a clear favorite. Meanwhile, the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and third party MHP have agreed to search for a joint candidate who will pose a realistic challenge to Erdogan's bid.
MHP leader Devlet Bahceli met President Gul at the presidential palace in Ankara on May 21 where he advised Gul to run for presidency again. However, citing concerns over having two candidates from one party, Gul insisted that such a move would not be correct in terms of political ethics.Last Mod: 28 Mayıs 2014, 16:15