Turkey’s AK Party to hold congress amid doubt over future of PM

By Taiwo Adediran
In Local News
May 5th, 2016
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Turkey’s ruling AK Party is to hold an extraordinary congress in the coming weeks, amid speculation over the future of PM Ahmet Davutoglu, media say. Reports suggest the congress will elect a new leader and that Mr Davutoglu, who met President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday, will not stand again.

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The apparent rift has surfaced after long-rumored tensions between the two. Mr Erdogan hand-picked Mr Davutoglu to succeed him as head of the AK Party after the former was elected president. But Mr Davutoglu was reportedly uneasy about Mr Erdogan’s desire to change Turkey’s political system to a presidential one, shifting the balance of power away from the prime minister.

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