Turkish presidential election, April-August 2007

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Reports and analyses on the election of Turkey's President between April and August 2007.

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The presidential vote was held among Members of Parliament (MPs) by secret ballot. A candidate required a two-thirds majority to be elected in the first two rounds. If no clear winner emerged before the third round, the winning threshold would then be dropped to a simple majority. If there was still no winner, the two candidates with the most votes would progress to a runoff election, where the simple majority rule would again apply.

The first round of the parliamentary vote was held on 27 April 2007 and later repeated (6 May) following a deliberation from the country's constitutional court which annulled the first exercise. Both were widely boycotted by the Opposition, which led to the withdrawal of the bid put forward by the leading candidate Abdullah Gül (AKP). On 10 May, the Turkish Prime Minister triggered an early parliamentary election which was held on 22 July.

Mr Gül was re-nominated after the AK Party acquired a larger portion of parliamentary seats in the aftermath of the legislative elections. He was eventually elected in the third round of this second attempt at electing a President for the country. The first round was held on 20 August and the second on 24 August. The final round was held on 28 August - its success was down to some of the Opposition choosing not to boycott the vote this time around.

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Wikipedia: 2007 Turkish presidential election https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Turkish_presidential_election
EurActiv: 2007 elections in Turkey https://www.euractiv.com/section/enlargement/linksdossier/2007-elections-in-turkey/
Robert Schuman Foundation, 26/04/2007: Presidential election in Turkey, April - May 2007 https://www.robert-schuman.eu/en/eem/0627-presidential-election-in-turkey-april-may-2007
Deutsche Welle, 24/08/2007: German-Turkish Politician: Gül is Good for Europe, Turkey https://p.dw.com/p/BWo9

BBC News, 30/04/2007: Turkish PM makes appeal for unity http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/6609533.stm
BBC News, 01/05/2007: Turkey's presidency vote annulled http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/6612831.stm
BBC News, 02/05/2007: Turkey PM condemns court ruling http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/6615559.stm
Reuters, 09/05/2007: Turkish parliament cancels presidential election https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSL0972419420070509
The Guardian, 28/08/2007: Gul elected as Turkish president https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/aug/28/turkey.marktran1
The Telegraph, 29/08/2007: Turkey elects Islamist president Abdullah Gul https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1561631/Turkey-elects-Islamist-president-Abdullah-Gul.html

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