Turkey set to elect new president

April 26, 2007 11:28pm CST
Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul Abdullah Gul is expected to be elected elected president Turkey's parliament will begin voting for a new president on Friday but the election could be overshadowed by an opposition boycott and procedural row The Republican People's Party (CHP) has said it will not vote because it was not consulted on the ruling party's choice Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul The CHP is also threatening to challenge the election in court if fewer than two-thirds of MPs vote. The Justice and Development Party is 15 seats short of the required majority Party officials have therefore been holding meetings with independent MPs and the leaders of the centre-right Motherland and True Path parties, who together control 24 seats , to garner support. If they fail, Mr 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.
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• Canada
1 May 07
I have been following this story on the BBC World Service. I hope that Turkey remains the peaceful and open-minded country that it has always been. The world doesn't need to see the possibility of a religious extremeist doing to Turkey what Right Wing President George W. Bush is doing to the States, or Stephen Harper is doing to Canada. Harper seems to be doing whatever Bush tells him to do. We don't need to see that happen in Turkey.