In Turkey, the ruling AKP has officially named prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as its candidate for the country’s presidential election.
Tuesday’s announcement had been widely anticipated.
Erdogan has made it clear he is seeking a more powerful presidency which rivals fear may entrench authoritarian rule in Turkey.
Despite his alleged involvement in recent corruption scandal and mass protests against his rule Erdogan remains hotly tipped to win the August vote. In doing so, he would seal his executive powers having held the office of prime minister for 11 years.