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Turkey's Erdogan set to run for presidency: deputy PM Arinc

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he delivers a speech during a meeting of ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) at the party headquarters in Ankara on June 25, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ ADEM ALTAN

ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan will almost certainly be announced next week as the ruling party's candidate for August's presidential election, deputy prime minister Bulent Arinc said on Wednesday.

"We pretty much know who our presidential candidate will be ... Barring any obstacles, on July 1, the nomination of our prime minister will most likely be announced," Arinc told Turkish media, in comments confirmed by his office.





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