Turkish dailies today focused on PM Erdogan's candidacy in the forthcoming presidential election, three more Turkish opposition parties' endorsement of rival candidate Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and the detention of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy
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All Turkish dailies on Thursday heavily covered the reflections on the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party’s nomination of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as its candidate for the August 10 presidential election.
VATAN ran with the headline "Erdogan will continue as PM until he becomes president" and quoted AK Party spokesman Huseyin Celik as saying: "The prime minister won't resign, do not flog a dead horse."
"I do not need to resign" MILLIYET quoted Erdogan as saying, reporting the prime minister’s reply to the opposition's resignation demand.
Erdogan is up against two candidates to become the twelfth president of the Republic of Turkey. This will be the first time a Turkish president is elected by popular vote.
The main opposition candidate is 71-year-old, former secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.
The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democracy Party, announced their candidate on Monday: 41-year-old Selahattin Demirtas.
Many Turkish dailies also covered three more Turkish opposition parties' endorsement of Ihsanoglu in a joint declaration.
"Ihsanoglu gets more three parties," said HABER TURK. YENI SAFAK ran with the headline "Forced alliance".
The Democratic Left Party, the Democrat Party and the Independent Turkey Party joined the Republican People's Party and the Nationalist Movement Party in endorsing Ihsanoglu.
Some Turkish dailies also covered former French president Nicolas Sarkozy's detention and charge in a corruption probe, which shocked French politics on Wednesday.
"No one is above the law" ZAMAN quoted French Prime Minister Manuel Valls as saying. The daily also said the former president was under investigation for allegedly trying to peddle influence to thwart a probe into his 2007 presidential campaign.
Sarkozy's detention came a day after police detained his lawyer Thierry Herzog as well as two judges, said news channel BFM-TV. The four were being questioned as part of an inquiry into alleged interference in another investigation about possible financial support from Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, for Sarkozy’s 2007 campaign.
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