Erdogan expected to run for President
Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has renewed a promise that he will not stand as a member of parliament again and that if (as expected) he is re-elected as chairman of the AKP in September, it will be his last term. It is widely believed that this withdrawal from party and parliamentary politics will pave the way for him to stand as president in 2014.
Erdogan’s time as prime minister has seen an economic boom in Turkey and a stronger role in the region, as well as facilitating Turkey’s EU candidacy.
President Abdullah Gul has not announced whether he will seek a further term. However, were Erdogan to make a bid for the presidency, there have been suggestions that Gul might become prime minister.