'Early Elections not on Agenda' - Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Iran Materials 27 June 2006 12:20 (UTC +04:00)

(zaman.com) - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a speech during the Justice and Development Partys (AKP) summer camp in Antalya and made statements about the issues on the agenda.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Erdogan said he had just left the Economic Coordination Council meeting and added there was no delay in financial discipline, the relations with International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union (EU). Erdogan sent messages to people observing Turkey inside and outside and touched upon the Presidential Elections in Turkey to be held next year. No one should expect early elections. We will prove that elections can be made once every five years. Doing the opposite means undermining the stability, said Erdogan and reacted to the fact that the presidential election issue is brought to the agenda constantly, reports Trend.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Erdogan reminded that there is no presidential problem in Turkey and the way the president should be elected is clearly defined in the constitution. Emphasizing the continuous discussions over presidential elections will do nothing but create problems in the country, Erdogan said: Unfortunately the people fueling these discussions follow the same way they followed when creating other problems for Turkey. What can we do, they cannot help but do this. Erdogan reacted to the discussions over candidate names for the presidential elections and added: Do not damage the process by disclosing some names. This is a disrespect against the current president. No one should dare to use AKP as a tool for their disrespect. Erdogan asserted that they will determine the candidate for the presidency by taking into consideration the suggestions of the society, NGOs and the Parliament, when the time for the elections comes.