Turkey's top officials to discuss preparations for presidential elections

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Baku, Azerbaijan, April 16

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

Turkish President Abdullah Gul and the country's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will discuss the preparations for the upcoming presidential elections in the country, chief press adviser to the country's president, Ahmet Sever said, Turkish Anadolu agency reported on April 16.

The exact date of the meeting hasn't been specified yet, but it is expected to be held in the coming weeks, according to Sever.

The presidential elections in Turkey have been scheduled for August 10, 2014. If none of the candidates gathers 51 percent of votes in the first round, the second round will take place on August 24.

As distinct from the previous presidential elections, the Turkish president will be elected by people, but not by the parliament as of 2014, according to the results of a referendum held in 2007. The Turkish president will be elected for five-year term instead of the previous seven-year term, according to the referendum results.

Earlier, the deputy head of the ruling Justice and Development Party, Mehmet Ali Sahin said that if the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is elected the president, then the current President Abdullah Gul could take the prime minister's post.

He said President Abdullah Gul has extensive political experience, and the ruling party would like to benefit from this experience.

The member of founding board of the ruling Justice and Development Party Salih Kapusuz said earlier that Erdogan may be nominated for participation in the presidential elections.

Turkish media outlets reported that the oppositional Republican People's Party of Turkey is expected to nominate the candidacy of the country's Constitutional Court head, Hakim Kilich for the upcoming presidential elections.

Translated by L.Z.

Edited by: S.I.

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