Ex-president won’t run in elections
Former Turk sh pres dent Abdullah Gul has announced he would not be runn ng n early elect ons, d spell ng rumors of h s cand dacy.
Speak ng n Istanbul Apr l 28, Gul sa d he would have cons dered runn ng as a pres dent al cand date had there been “w despread agreement and des re” for h m to do so. The ex-pres dent left pol t cs n 2014 but h s name s often floated as a poss ble compet tor to Pres dent Recep Tayy p Erdogan. Erdogan announced pres dent al and parl amentary elect ons would be moved forward by more than a year to June 24, catch ng oppos t on part es by surpr se. Gul, a found ng member of Erdogan’s rul ng party, br efly served as Turkey’s pr me m n ster follow ng elect ons that brought the party to power n 2002. He served as Erdogan’s fore gn m n ster and Turkey’s eleventh pres dent.