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Turkish foreign minister says he will not withdraw bid for presidency

Turkish foreign minister says he will not withdraw bid for presidency

Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, the Islamic-rooted ruling party's candidate for president, said Sunday that he will not withdraw his bid after he failed to win in first-round voting.
Opposition parties boycotted the vote and challenged its validity in the Constitutional Court amid tensions between secularists and the pro-Islamic government.
The military issued a stern warning later Friday accusing the government of tolerating the activities of radical Islamic circles.
"It is out of the question to withdraw my candidacy," Gul told reporters on Sunday. "The Constitutional Court will make the right decision."
Gul did not respond to questions about the military's statement, which was rejected by his government on Saturday.


Updated : 2021-07-30 10:05 GMT+08:00