The Minister of Justice of Turkey, Bekir Bozdag, said on Thursday that incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s nomination for the post of head of state for the third time was lawful, according to Yeni Akit newspaper, Silkway News reported.
“Our candidate is President Tayyip Erdogan. His nomination as a candidate in the upcoming elections is legal,” the newspaper quoted him.
Earlier, representatives of the Turkish opposition have repeatedly stated that Erdogan has no right to be re-elected to the presidency.
Meanwhile, in early February, the speaker of the Turkish Parliament Mustafa Sentop reported that the constitution of Turkey gives Erdogan the right to nominate his candidacy for a third time in the election of the head of state.
In addition, Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) also stated that there were no legal barriers for the third presidential term. At the same time, the AKP indicates that after the adoption of amendments to the constitution on the introduction of the presidential form of the reign of Erdogan in the country, he had run only once for presidency, and therefore in 2023 he could again run in the elections.