It’s third time lucky for Abdullah Gul- who the Turkish parliament has voted in as the country’s president. Gul failed in two rounds of voting last week, when he needed two thirds of law-makers’ votes, but needing just a simple majority of 276 ballots this time round, members of his AK Party took him over the line with 339 backers.
A minister in a former Islamist government, Gul’s religious ideology means he’s eyed with suspicion by Turkey’s secular military and social elite. His AK Party however enjoys broad popular support and holds 340 of 550 parliamentary seats. Gul denies accusations that he wants to break down the traditional wall between religion and Turkish politics.