Turkish president rules out role swap with Erdogan

Reuters , Friday 18 Apr 2014

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Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (L) and President Abdullah Gül at the Cankaya Presidential Palace in Ankara (Photo: Reuters)

Turkish President Abdullah Gul appeared to rule himself out as a potential future prime minister on Friday, saying a "Putin-Medvedev model" under which he might swap roles with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was not suitable for Turkey.

"I don't have any political plan for the future under today's conditions," Gul told reporters in the western province of Kutahya, when asked about a presidential election in August in which Erdogan is expected to stand.

Asked if a "Putin-Medvedev model" might be conceivable, Gul said such a formula would not be "appropriate" for a democracy. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was appointed in 2012 by president and former prime minister Vladimir Putin.

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