Ex-OIC head nominated for presidential elections in Turkey

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Baku, Azerbaijan, June 17

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

Turkish oppositional Republican People's Party (CHP) nominated the former Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu as a candidate for the presidential elections, Sabah newspaper said on June 17.

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.

Turkish president will be elected by people in 2014, rather than the parliament as opposed to the 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.

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