Baku, Azerbaijan, July 11
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Three candidates have officially passed the registration for participation in the presidential elections in Turkey, the Turkish "Sabah" newspaper wrote with reference to the Central Election Commission of the country.
Incumbent Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the former head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and the chairman of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Salahaddin Demirtas have officially registered to participate in the presidential elections in Turkey.
The presidential election in Turkey has been scheduled for August 10, 2014. If none of the candidates gains 51 percent of votes in the first round, the second round will take place on August 24.
As distinct from the previous presidential election, the Turkish president will be elected by the people, 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.
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party nominated Prime Minister Erdogan's candidacy for the presidential election on July 1.
Turkish oppositional Republican People's Party nominated the former Secretary-General of the OIC Ihsanoglu as a candidate for the presidential elections on June 16.
CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said that Ihsanoglu is a kind of person, whose candidacy will be supported by all segments of the society.
Haber7 TV channel earlier reported that disagreements are growing in Turkish oppositional Republican People's Party (CHP) over the presidential candidacy of Ihsanoglu.
Reportedly, the Turkish Alawites, who are supporting the party, have refused to vote for Ihsanoglu in the upcoming presidential election. CHP is expected to nominate the MP Emine Ulker Tarhan's candidacy in the days to come, according to the report.
Five political parties of Turkey, namely, the Republican People's Party (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Democratic Left Party (DSP), Independent Turkey Party (BTP) and Democratic Party (DP) have agreed on supporting Ihsanoglu's candidacy for president.
As previously reported, in the countries where Turkey has diplomatic missions, the voting for the presidential election will start earlier. A total of 2,790,408 Turkish citizens living in some 53 countries have the right to take part in the voting for the presidential election.
The voting in such countries as Albania, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Finland, Georgia, Iran, Ireland, Spain, Kuwait, Egypt, Uzbekistan, Poland, Sudan, Tunisia, Ukraine, Oman, Jordan, New Zealand will be held on August 3, 2014. In the case of holding the second round of the presidential election, the voting in these countries will take place on August 17.
The voting in Russia, Canada, Bulgaria and other countries will be held from July 31 to August 3. In the case of holding the second round of the election, Turkish citizens living in these countries will be able to vote from August 17 to August 19.