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Turkish President Abdullah Gül could run for a second term in office, Gül's spokesperson Ahmet Sever has said. 

The Turkish president is currently serving the fifth year of his seven-year term in office and has refused to openly discuss whether he will run for president again, Sever told Ruşen Çakır of daily Vatan. “We will see when the time comes,” Gül said, according to Sever, but was “saddened” by the attempts that have been made to block him from running for office a second time. 

Gül also showed great care to not create a false image which might portray him in a struggle with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Sever said.

Gül has not considered being a candidate to lead an international organization, “That was just an idea put forward by others,” Sever said. 

July/30/2012

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mara mcglothin

7/31/2012 6:36:52 PM

He is the best the AKP can offer at this time, but still not with the mentality to govern a democracy.

Faruk Timuroglu

7/30/2012 7:35:42 PM

I don’t think he would dare defying RTE. However, Mr. Gül’s stature fits more for the highest post and he would definitely defeat RTE if he does. Perhaps, he should choose to serve his country rather than his brother.

Murat

7/30/2012 3:25:10 PM

All in the family!

Johanna Dew

7/30/2012 11:33:00 AM

People from around the world respects this president. And he know where he's talking about. When he was min of Foreign Affairs and Ali Babacan min for EU, Turkey gain a lot of praise which is thrown away by E. Bağis and A. Davotuglu.

Red Tail

7/30/2012 11:02:03 AM

I hope he will go for a re-election. Nice also that when he goes abroad, it does not always end up with insults or uncivilized behaviour, but instead he acts in a friendly calm way and therefore represents Turkey in a nice way.

Rimon Tree

7/30/2012 10:56:52 AM

Well, the only decent guy within this government! Hope he wins!
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