Turkish MP: Candidate from Turkey’s Ruling Party in Repeat Presidential Elections Will again be Present Foreign Minister
Azerbaijan, Baku / corr. Trend S.Ilhamgizi / The Constitutional Court of Turkey did not recognize the legitimacy of the first round of the presidential elections held by the High Assembly of the Country and made a decision on repeat conduct of the first round. The Parliament of Turkey will hold repeat elections on 6 May.
In his interview with Trend , the Deputy of the Parliament and also Member of ruling Justice and Development Party of Turkey, Attila Bashoglu, commented on the situation with the elections. He said that according to the Constitution of Turkey, the candidate may gain the victory in the elections due to 367 votes in the National High Assembly. In addition, the parliamentarian said that this figure presents problems. Bashoglu considers that Justice and Development Party will not be able to collect the appointed figure either in 6 May or in forthcoming elections. "Simply this figure is not real for the Party. Therefore, work is carried out to amend this article of the Constitution. We want to legalize 5+1 principle in the elections. If it is legalized, it will be necessary to conduct an additional referendum," Bashoglu underlined.
Pre-term parliamentary elections have been scheduled to take place on 22 June in Turkey. Bashoglu said that on par with the parliamentary elections, a referendum will take place on the same day on the topic of electing the president through popular voting. "If no problems appear, on 22 June the opinion of Turkish people regarding election of the president by citizens will be known. If a majority votes for election of the president by the people, a new stage will commence in electing the Head of the State," Bashoglu said.
He added that after it, the candidatures will be put forward in person of citizen, as well as members of political parties. Moreover, Bashoglu spelled out that the Justice and Development Party will again put forward the candidature of the present Foreign Minister of Turkey, Abdulla Gul, in the repeat elections.
Commenting on the political situation within the Country, Bashoglu did not assess the contradictions and political controversy as tension.