Turkey's deadlocked presidential election was adjourned again on Monday (19 March) without even holding a seventh ballot.
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Background: Turkey's deadlocked presidential election was adjourned again on Monday (19 March) without even holding a seventh ballot.
Presiding Officer Osman Avci adjourned the session until Wednesday (21 March) because there was no quorum.
However, the situation changed on Tuesday (20 March) when the Army candidate, General Faruk Gurler withdrew from the election after failing to win earlier ballots. During last week's string of deadlocked ballots, General Gurler finished second behind speaker Tekin Ariburun.
Both men withdrew their nominations, apparently to help clear the way for an extension of President Sunay's term of office.
The right wing Demogration Party refused to withdraw its presidential candidate, Mr. Ferruh Bozbeyll, who has trailed in third position in every ballot.
SYNOPSIS: The Turhan Feyzioglu, who's the Reliance Party's general president tried once more to better his chances, but he didn't ballot. The same went for Mr. Ferrum Bozbeyli, the Democratic Party's general president.
On Friday however, the situation changed dramatically when General Gurler, who's the Army candidate, withdrew from the elections.
The Speaker, Tekin Ariburun also withdrew, leaving the way clear for the two biggest political parties to extend the term of President Sunay and to hold a fresh election in 1973. Military leaders say it's the best solution to the crisis which brought the army and politicians into dangerous conflict.