Baku, Azerbaijan, July 22
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
The presidential election in Turkey will become a turning point in the history of the country, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said on July 22, Turkish news agency Anadolu reported.
"The presidential election to be held in Turkey has special significance for the development of democracy in the country's history," he added.
Turkey must pass from parliamentary to direct presidential rule, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview with Turkish TV channel ATV.
"The direct presidential rule can benefit Turkey's further development," he said.
"At the first opportunity, Turkey will pass from parliamentary to direct presidential rule," he said.
Erdogan stressed that the issue of introducing direct presidential rule will be raised immediately after the presidential elections.
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 opposed to the previous presidential election, the Turkish president will be elected by the people from 2014, rather than by the parliament, 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, Recep Tayyip Erdogan's candidacy for the presidential election.
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.
Moreover, the country's two opposition parties - Great Union Party and the Democratic Party intend to support his candidacy.
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.
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.
edited by CN