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Turkish Prime Minister resigns, Erdogan to gain more power to lead nation

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(Ankara-AlummahWorld, 29 Rajab,1437 AH, 06 May 2016) Turkish Prime Minster Ahmet Davutoglu announced on Thursday that he was stepping down as leader of Turkey’s ruling AK Party and therefore as prime minister. In a speech defending his record but also vowing loyalty to Erdogan, Davutoglu said he had kept his party and the government intact during a tumultuous period and pledged that “strong” AKP government would continue.

President Rajeb Tayyib Erdogan who is seeking a presidential system in Turkey, emerged with stronger grip on power while unity of ruling AKP party is essential for any landmark change in Turkish political scenario.

After a crucial meeting with president Erdogan, Davutoglu told reporters that, under the current circumstances, he would not run again for leader at an extraordinary party congress on May 22.

“I am telling our members, up until today I was leading you. From now on, I am among you,” he said.

Davutoglu successor is likely to be significantly more willing to back Erdogan’s aim of changing the constitution to create a presidential system, a move that opponents say will bring growing authoritarianism.

Mehmet Ali Kulat, head of the pollster Mak Danismanlik, which is seen as close to Erdogan, forecast an election in October or November. “From now on, Turkey’s sole agenda is the presidential system and an early election,” he said.

Erdogan sees rule by the head of state as a guarantee against the fractious coalition politics that hampered the government in the 1990s.

Government spokesman Numan Kurtulmus and Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag, both Erdogan loyalists, are potential candidates to replace Davutoglu, three sources close to the presidency said. Transport Minister Binali Yildirim and Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, Erdogan’s son-in-law, have also been touted, they said.

Presidential adviser Cemil Ertem said the economy would stabilize further when a prime minister more closely aligned with Erdogan took office. He said economic policy would not change, and that no election was likely before the government’s mandate expires in 2019.