Kaçmaz, Cihaner resign to run in elections

March 11, 2011, Friday/ 17:07:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

Numerous prominent figures working at public institutions, including Sincan 1st High Criminal Court Chief Justice Osman Kaçmaz, Housing Development Administration of Turkey (TOKİ) President Erdoğan Bayraktar, prosecutor İlhan Cihaner and jailed Police Chief Hanefi Avcı, have resigned from their posts to be prospective candidates in the upcoming general elections.

Thursday was the last day to resign from public institutions in order to run as prospective candidates in the June 12 elections. Bayraktar will run in the elections from the Justice and Development Party (AK Party). He said he will return to TOKİ if he is not elected.

Kaçmaz, who had earlier said President Abdullah Gül should stand trial in a decade-old fraud case despite constitutional constraints on the trial of a president for anything other than high treason, will run as a prospective candidate from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). Former Erzincan Chief Public Prosecutor İlhan Cihaner, who was serving as a prosecutor in Adana, also resigned from his post to run in the national elections. He has not announced which party he will join.

In the meantime, Confederation of Revolutionary Workers’ Unions (DİSK) President Süleyman Çelebi and Education and Science Workers’ Union (Eğitim-İş) President Yüksel Adıbelli resigned from the unions yesterday and announced that they will run as prospective candidates in the upcoming elections as part of the Republican People’s Party (CHP).

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