Turkey's prime minister expected to step down amid rift with Erdogan

Ahmet Davutoglu is expected to soon step down as prime minister of Turkey amid a growing rift with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish media citing government sources reported Thursday.

Davutoglu, who became prime minister in August 2014 after Erdogan was elected president, was set to address the media at 11 am (0800 GMT).

Erdogan and Davutoglu met for one-and-a-half hours late Wednesday at the presidential palace in Ankara.

Davutoglu currently leads the Justice and Development Party (AKP), which has ruled Turkey since 2002, but reports say he will not seek the position again during a special party congress to convene on June 6.

By stepping aside, analysts say Davutoglu would effectively be allowing Erdogan to choose a new party boss - someone who would then go on to be named prime minister.

Davutoglu was the sole candidate on the ballot when he was elected AKP party leader in 2014, receiving nearly 100 per cent of the votes.

The former foreign minister was widely regarded as a loyal follower of Erdogan, but disagreements have emerged in recent weeks about proposed constitutional changes as well as new curbs on the power of the prime minister.

Last update: Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:20
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