There was some good news today in Turkey, the Islamist presidential candidate, Abdullah Gul, Â failed to garner enough votes in Parliament today to stand for election as President. Since there were no other candidates, it forces national polls.
More from Pakistan Observer:
Ankaraâ€”Turkeyâ€™s parliament officially halted on Wednesday a presidential election process that triggered a major political crisis and forced the Islamist-rooted government to call early national polls.
The parliament accepted Foreign Minister Abdullah Gulâ€™s petition to withdraw from the presidential contest, in which he had been the sole candidate.
Gulâ€™s withdrawal became inevitable after he failed to win enough backing from the assembly in two rounds of voting. Parliament elects the president in Turkey for a seven-year term.
â€œAs there is no presidential candidate, there is no possibility of electing a president. For this reason, the voting has been cancelled,â€ parliamentâ€™s deputy speaker Nevzat Pakdil told the chamber in televised remarks.
A new parliament will now choose a president after the July 22 general election.
President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, who had been due to retire on May 16, will stay on as interim head of state until his successor can be chosen.
Turkeyâ€™s secular elite, including opposition parties, top judges and army generals, had been determined to block Gulâ€™s election. They feared the ex-Islamist might try to undermine Turkeyâ€™s separation of state and religion, a claim he and his ruling AK Party strongly deny.