Turkish PM Erdogan to stand for presidency: Party
Published on Jul 1, 2014 5:30 PM
ANKARA (AFP) - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to stand for the presidency in August elections, his party announced Tuesday, paving the way for him to extend his dominance of the country's politics for at least another five years.
"The candidate for the 12th president (of modern Turkey) is our prime minister, head of our party and Istanbul lawmaker Recep Tayyip Erdogan," said Mehmet Ali Sahin, deputy leader of Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
The announcement - which put an end to months of speculation - was made at a glitzy ceremony at Ankara's Chamber of Commerce attended by some 4,000 AKP party members as well as the premier and his wife Emine.
If he wins the elections, Mr Erdogan, 60, would serve as president until 2019, with the possibility of a second mandate, making him Turkey's longest serving leader since the founder of the modern Turkish republic Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
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