Turkish court rules president's term expires 2014
June 15, 2012 15:31
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.