Turkish ruling party to name presidential candidate next week

June 24, 2014 4:33 PM

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Turkish ruling party to name presidential candidate next week

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's ruling AK Party will announce its candidate for the August presidential election at a parliamentary group meeting next Tuesday, with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan widely expected to be its choice.

It will be the first time Turks have voted directly for their president. Erdogan, who has dominated Turkish politics for more than a decade, has made little secret of his ambition to stand for what he has said will be a stronger presidency.

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