ANKARA: Turkey will hold presidential election on August 10 after Abdullah Gul’s seven-year term expires, a source in the prime minister’s office said yesterday.
A second round will be held on August 24 if no candidate wins a simple majority in the first round.
It will be the first time Turkey’s head of state will be elected by voters and not by parliament following a change of the constitution. Gul can run for a new term, now limited to five years, but has not yet confirmed that he will.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has signalled possible interest in the president’s job but only if the constitution is further amended to turn what is a largely ceremonial post into a more powerful executive role.