ANKARA - Turkey's Constitutional Court ruled on Friday against an opposition bid to bring President Abdullah Gul's presidency to an end in August, a court official said, removing a threat to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's presidential ambitions.

The court ruled in favor of a government-backed law pushed through parliament in January stating Gul would serve a seven-year term expiring in 2014, when Erdogan is expected to seek the office after introducing a presidential system.

The court also ruled that Gul could see re-election when his term expires, the court's deputy secretary general, Ahmet Kirtepe, told reporters.

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