As Monday was the last day for officials to resign from their positions in efforts to become deputy candidates, the Foreign Ministry announced Wednesday that three ambassadors resigned from their positions to be nominated as deputy candidates in the upcoming early elections on Nov. 1. Ministry's spokesman Tanju Bilgiç on Wednesday said Ambassador and Director of Bilateral Political Affairs Hulusi Kılıç, Ambassador Mehmet Niyazi Tanılır and Ambassador Öztürk Yılmaz have submitted their resignations to participate in the elections.
Kılıç served as an ambassador to Syria in Aleppo for five years. He is a Syria expert at the Foreign Ministry and was recently the director of Bilateral Political Affairs. Although he had announced his candidacy to be nominated as a deputy for the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in the June 7 general elections, he is yet to announce his candidacy for the Nov. 1 elections. Along with Kılıç, Tanılır is a bureaucrat who served as ambassador to Montenegro in Podgorica. Similarly to Kılıç, Tanılır has also not announced his candidacy for nomination from any political party.
Yılmaz, who was held captive by Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) terrorists for 101 days when the Turkish Consulate in Mosul was raided in June 2014, announced his nomination for candidacy for the Republican People's Party (CHP). Yılmaz was serving as ambassador to Tajikistan in Dushanbe and resigned for candidacy on Aug. 31. and applied to run in his home province of Ardahan.
With the elections approaching, it is very likely for the diplomats, bureaucrats and other officials to resign from their posts in efforts to become deputies and enter Parliament. Likewise to the recently resigned ambassadors, Kani Torun, who is a former ambassador to Somalia, became an AK Party's deputy for Bursa in the June 7 elections. Additionally, former ambassador to Turkmenistan in Ashgabat Hüseyin Avni Bıçaklı also became a deputy candidate for the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) in the latest elections.
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