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Erdogan asked newly elected Chairman of AK Party Banal Yildirim to form government

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(Ankara-AlummahWorld, 16 Sha`ban,1437 AH, 23 May 2016) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave newly appointed AK Party chairman Binali Yıldırım the mandate to form a new government as prime minister, the presidency said.

President Erdogan handed Mr. Yıldırım the mandate in a meeting at the presidential palace hours after the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) chose him as its new chairman at an emergency convention.

The members of the Cabinet of the 65th government is expected to be announced afterward.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) held an emergency convention on Sunday where Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Binali Yıldırım was elected as the new chairman after receiving support from 1,405 party delegates.

Binali Yildirim, 60, who was the sole candidate to run for the party’s third chairmanship of its history, garnered 1,405 out of 1,411 votes in the election held at the at the Arena Sports Hall Sunday in Ankara. 

Speaking after the congress, Yildirim said: "I promise that I will never drop this sacred flag you have given me as new chairman of AK Party". 

Yildirim said the Sunday's congress showed "fraternity" and "unity" for the party, which he called a "family".