"Turkish parliament may declare pre-term election
28.04.2007 13:28 GMT+04:00
/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Turkey’s powerful military said on Friday it was watching the parliamentary election of a new president with concern, hours after an inconclusive first round split Turkish secularists and the Islamist-rooted government.
Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, the ruling AK Party’s candidate, failed to win sufficient votes in the first round of voting after opposition parties boycotted the session.
'The Turkish armed forces are watching this (election) situation with concern,' the General Staff said in an unusually blunt statement late on Friday that also reminded the politicians the military is the ultimate defender of secularism."
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