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Turkey's prime minister criticizes court decision canceling presidential vote

Turkey's prime minister criticizes court decision canceling presidential vote

Turkey's prime minister on Wednesday criticized a decision by the country's highest court to annul the first round of a presidential vote in parliament.
"The way to elect the president in parliament has been blocked," Recep Tayyip Erdogan told ruling party lawmakers. "This is a bullet fired at democracy."
On Tuesday, Turkey's highest court canceled the first round of a parliamentary voting process that looked certain to lead to the election as president of the ruling party's candidate, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul.
The Constitutional Court's ruling, which came after a challenge from the opposition to the legality of the vote, was a victory for secularists and a setback to Erdogan's government. The court is a strongly secular body, and some government supporters have said its decision was politically motivated.


Updated : 2021-06-19 21:40 GMT+08:00