Turks split over presidential poll

Opposition threatens boycott in protest over ruling party's candidate.

    Recep Erdogan, Turkish prime minister, right and Abdullah Gul have rejected the 'Islamists' label [AFP]

    The ruling AK party is 15 seats short of the required majority.

     

    Ruling party officials have therefore been holding meetings with independent ministers and the leaders of the centre-right Motherland and True Path parties, who together control 24 seats, to garner support.

     

    If they fail, Gul may not be formally confirmed in his new post until after a third round of voting on 9 May, when only a simple majority in the 550-seat chamber would be required.

     

    'Islamist'

     

    Gul has rejected the label of Islamist, citing his promotion of sweeping reforms as a means of advancing Turkey's EU bid.

     

    "The president must be loyal to the main principles of the Republic as stated in the constitution. He must be loyal to secular principles," Gul said. "If the Parliament elects me president, no one should doubt I will certainly act within these principles and rules of the constitution."

     

    AK party leaders remain confident of securing a first-round victory for Mr Gul.

    "In my view, everything is very clear," Bulent Arinc, the speaker of parliament, told reporters.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Meet the deported nurse aiding asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

    Meet the deported nurse helping refugees at the border

    Francisco 'Panchito' Olachea drives a beat-up ambulance around Nogales, taking care of those trying to get to the US.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.