Reports: Davutoglu considering resigning as Turkish prime minister

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is considering stepping down amid a power struggle with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to media reports on Wednesday.

Davutoglu said he had not yet made a decision on the matter, the Hurriyet and Cumhuriyet dailies reported.

The prime minister had recently clashed with Erdogan over planned changes to the country's constitution, which are meant to empower the office of the president.

Davutoglu had said on Tuesday that he would rather "trample his own ego" than risk damaging the good of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

The Turkish media has long speculated about a falling-out between the president and Davutoglu. Last week the AKP moved to limit Davutoglu's powers as prime minister, seen by many as a slap on the wrist for the party leader.

Transport Minister Binali Yildirim and Erdogan's son-in-law and Energy Minister Berat Albayrak are among those being considered as possible successors, according to Cumhuriyet.

Davutoglu assumed the role of prime minister and party leader in 2014 when his predecessor, Erdogan, was elected president.

Last update: Wed, 04/05/2016 - 18:04
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