Turkish president rules out role swap with Erdogan- UPDATED

"I don't have any political plan for the future under today's conditions," Gul told reporters in the western province of Kutahya, when asked about a presidential election in August

Turkish president rules out role swap with Erdogan- UPDATED

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkish President Abdullah Gul appeared to rule himself out as a potential future prime minister on Friday, saying a "Putin-Medvedev model" under which he might swap roles with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was not suitable for Turkey.

"I don't have any political plan for the future under today's conditions," Gul told reporters in the western province of Kutahya, when asked about a presidential election in August in which Erdogan is expected to stand.

Asked if a "Putin-Medvedev model" might be conceivable, Gul said such a formula would not be "appropriate" for a democracy.

Russia's current Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev replaced Vladimir Putin as president in 2008, while Putin became prime minister. They swapped roles in 2012.

Gul did not elaborate on what had led to his decision.

Erdogan told reporters after Friday prayers he had not heard Gul's words and would not comment before speaking with the president directly.

Gul co-founded the ruling AK Party with Erdogan and has remained a close ally. But he is viewed as a more conciliatory figure than the combative prime minister and their relations have at times appeared strained.

Last Mod: 18 Nisan 2014, 14:34
Add Comment