Turkey’s Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu at a news conference said he will not seek a new term as prime minister and leader of the ruling AK Party after last-ditch talks aimed at easing tensions between him and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He is set to leave his post after what is reported as a falling out with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Davutoglu held a news conference on Thursday after a gathering of the party’s central executive committee. He said, “I came to the conclusion [a change in] leader of the party and the Prime Ministerial position would serve a better purpose. This must be carried out in a peaceful way and keeping with the integrity of the party”.
After a 90-minute crisis meeting on Wednesday that local media described as critical for Davutoglu’s future, domestic news organisations CNN-Turk and NTV reported that an extraordinary congress would likely signal his exit.
Andrew Finkel, an author and journalist based in Turkey, told Al Jazeera that Erdogan had demanded Davutoglu’s resignation following yesterday’s meeting. Davutoglu will now have to comply with that demand and stand down at the congress and there will be a new leader of the AKP”.
According to AKP convention, the posts of party boss and head of government always go to the same person. The congress will be held on May 22.