CHP Kılıçdaroğlu: A ‘civilian’ President Should be Elected
Turkey’s The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said “a civilian should be elected as Turkey’s new president.”Ruling out the rumors that his party could support a potential presidential bid by former Chief of General Staff Gen. İlker Başbuğ,
Başbuğ was labeled as a “suspect of terrorism” in thedetailed ruling of the Ergenekon case issued April 3.
Kılıçdaroğlu has told daily Hürriyet that he predicts Turkey’s new president to be elected in the second round of the August presidential elections. “I say the new president shouldn’t have a party background or a political identity. He should be a civilian. We want a highly educated president who can read the global balance well; somebody that all citizens accept,” Kılıçdaroğlu added.