Two more Turkish parties to support former OIC head`s candidacy

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Baku, Azerbaijan, June 19
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

Two more political parties in Turkey will support the candidacy of former-head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in the presidential election, according to the Turkish Haber7 TV channel.

The opposition Great Union Party and the Democratic Party will support the candidacy of the former Secretary General of the OIC, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.

On June 16, Turkish oppositional Republican People's Party (CHP) nominated Ihsanoglu as a candidate for the presidential elections. CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said that Ihsanoglu is a kind of person, whose candidacy will be supported by all segments of the society.

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu was born in 1943. He served as the secretary-general of the OIC between January 2004 and 2013.

Turkey will hold the presidential elections on August 10, 2014. If none of the presidential candidates gets 51 percent of the votes in the first round, then the second round will be held on August 24.

The Turkish president will be elected by the people in 2014, rather than the parliament as in previous presidential election, according to the referendum results of 2007. The president is elected for a term of five years instead of seven years, set earlier in accordance with the referendum results.

Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Bulent Arinc said that great support of the Turkish people and the results of the municipal election give reason to say that the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan may be elected president in case of nominating his candidacy.

Edited by CN

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