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Gul prefers to remain out of debates

16 June 2012 15:50 (Last updated 16 June 2012 15:53)

Gul said that he preferred to remain out of debates involving the Turkish Constitutional Court and their latest ruling on the tenure of Turkish president.


Gul's comments came after the Constitutional Court decided on an appeal filed by the main opposition concerning the tenure of the president.
What is important for me is to do the best I can as a president, Gul told reporters in Izmir following a lunch with Austrian President Heinz Fischer.
Asked if he would run for presidency for a second term, Gul stated that there was plenty of time left to discuss this issue.
The Turkish Constitutional Court said on Friday regarding an appeal filed by the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) to annul a law on presidential elections that incumbent President Abdullah Gul's tenure is seven years and that he is eligible for re-election.
The court heard an opposition plea on Friday and said the incumbent president's tenure is seven years and that he can be re-elected.
From the early days of Gul's presidency there were doubts over whether he was subject to a five or seven year term, and the opposition wanted the court to annul a law passed in January that said his term should end in 2014.