Monday, July 23, 2007

Turkish PM vows to pursue reform

(Waridaad) - Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to continue reforms and efforts to join the European Union, following his party's election victory.

Mr Erdogan also said his Islamist-rooted AK Party would seek national unity and respect Turkey's secular constitution.
Unofficial results gave the AK Party about 47% of the vote, prompting wild street celebrations by supporters.

Opponents have warned that an AKP win could undermine Turkey's secularism.

The election was called after opposition parties in parliament blocked the AK Party's nominee for the post of president, causing political deadlock.

One of the new parliament's first tasks will be to decide what to do about the post of the presidency.

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