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Turkish president rules out job swap with Prime Minister Erdogan in August

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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 14, 2011 photo released by the Turkish Presidency Press Service, President Abdullah Gul, left, welcomes Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, Turkey. Turkish President Abdullah Gul has signaled that he doesn’t want to swap jobs with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan when the presidential term ends later this year. Gul said Friday he opposes a model similar to that of Russia where the president and prime minister have traded places and one has ruled in the other’s shadow. Gul suggested he would not oppose Erdogan if he chose to run for president in the election in August. Erdogan has not made a decision about whether he will seek to become president _ a position that is largely ceremonial but does include the power to appoint the prime minister. He has said he wants a presidency with more executive powers. (AP Photo/Murat Cetinmuhurdar, Turkish Presidency Press Service, HO, file)The Associated Press

Turkish President Abdullah Gul has signaled that he doesn't want to swap jobs with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan when the presidential term ends later this year.

Gul said Friday he opposes a model similar to that of Russia where the president and prime minister have traded places and one has ruled in the other's shadow.

Gul suggested he would not oppose Erdogan if he chose to run for president in the election in August.

Erdogan has not made a decision about whether he will seek to become president — a position that is largely ceremonial but does include the power to appoint the prime minister. He has said he wants a presidency with more executive powers.