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All Turkish dailies on Wednesday heavily covered Turkish Justice and Development (AK) Party’s nomination of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as candidate for the August 10 presidential election.
Daily YENI SAFAK ran with the headline "Candidate of the nation" and quoted Erdogan as saying, “everyone should know that if I am elected on August 10, I will never be the president of a certain segment of society or a party, but the president of the whole nation of 77 million people."
The paper pointed out that the Prime Minister started his speech with prayers and ended in the same way.
HURRIYET covered the event under a similarly themed headline, citing Erdogan as saying that, if elected as the president, he will serve the whole nation regardless of political or religious allegiances. The daily also covered his promise to 'eradicate the parallel movement and to not allow a parallel state.'
"August 10 will be a turning point in establishing the new Turkey," said SABAH claiming the president elected by the people-- hinting that he will be Erdogan -- will definitely develop Turkey at breakneck speed.
AKSAM pointed out that all 311 MP's in the ruling AK Party nominated their leader as candidate for presidency.
Erdogan is up against two candidates to become the twelfth president of the Republic of Turkey. This will be the first time a Turkish president is elected by popular vote.
The main opposition Republican Peoples Party's (CHP) candidate is 71-year-old, former Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.
Pro-Kurdish People's Democracy Party (HDP), announced their candidate on Monday: 41-year-old Selahattin Demirtas.
"I have only one rival, not two," VATAN quoted Demirtas, as pro-Kurdish People's Democracy Party does not regard Ihsanoglu as a rival, reported the daily.
Erdogan's presidential nomination has also received considerable media coverage across the world, according to daily MILLIYET, which quoted Reuters as saying that the popular vote aspect of the election will give the president more authority.
TURKIYE mentioned the international coverage dedicated to Erdogan's candidacy, citing such media outlets as the BBC, the Financial Times, Germany’s weekly Der Spiegel, German daily Bild, as well as French newspaper Le Figaro.
“Through the presidency, Erdogan can continue to define the country’s future for five years,” Bild, for instance, commented.
The German daily underlined that while the presidency in Turkey has largely been a ceremonial post, Erdogan, once elected, is likely to use exclusive presidential powers, such as heading cabinet meetings, in order to govern.
Some Turkish dailies also covered Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy's detention in a corruption probe, which shocked the French politics on Tuesday.
Investigators on Tuesday detained Sarkozy, president from 2007 to 2012, for allegedly interfering in an investigation into political donations, HABER TURK covered.
Sarkozy's detention came a day after police detained his lawyer Thierry Herzog as well as two judges, said 24-hours news channel BFM-TV said the four were being questioned as part of an inquiry into an alleged interference in another investigation about possible financial support from Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, for Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential campaign.
The former French president could be sentenced to 10 years in prison if found guilty, MILLIYET said while VATAN stressed that this is the first time in modern French history that an ex-head of state is placed under custody.Last Mod: 02 Temmuz 2014, 12:38