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Will Abdullah Gul return to politics?

Following the Justice and Development Party's loss of its parliamentary majority, eyes and ears have turned to the former president and AKP co-founder amid speculation about his next move.
Turkey's new President Tayyip Erdogan (L) and outgoing President Abdullah Gul attend a handover ceremony at the Presidential Palace of Cankaya in Ankara August 28, 2014. Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey's 12th president at a ceremony in parliament on Thursday, cementing his position as the country's most powerful modern leader, in what his opponents fear will herald an increasingly authoritarian rule. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR444T5
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Former Turkish President Abdullah Gul is back in the news following the Justice and Development Party's (AKP) loss of the parliamentary majority it had enjoyed for more than 12 years, an unexpected development that has left it facing the prospect of joining a coalition or opting for early elections. There is much talk about Gul taking over the AKP after incumbent Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s poor electoral performance. Gul, along with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is a founding member of the AKP and still has a base of support within the party. He appears happy, however, to sit on the fence for now, responding indifferently to the question of returning to active politics.

For the time being, Gul prefers the role of the veteran politician who dispenses words of political wisdom for the sake of the country's stability. According to media reports, Gul called Erdogan and Davutoglu after the June 7 vote to urge them not to push for early elections, but to concentrate on a workable coalition to head off further political uncertainty.

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