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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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