News agencies across the world reported that Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu resigned from his role. The move is expected to help Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to further strengthen his authority.


Davutoglu Photo Credit: CNN Turk/Channel 2 News

News agencies across the globe reported that Ahmet Davutoglu resigned from his role as Prime Minister of Turkey today (Thursday). 

According to the reports, the decision to remove Davutoglu came after a long discussion was conducted between Davutoglu and Erdoğan. In the past few weeks, the tensions between the two leaders have increased.

Erdoğan wants to replace the current parliamentary system with an executive presidency, which would give him more authority. Davutoglu was opposed to this move and is expected to be replaced by a person who will fully support Erdoğan.

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Erdogan (archives) Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

“I don’t think Davutoglu will be a candidate again,” a Turkish official told Reuters earlier today. “Davutoglu’s likely early exit as party leader and PM constitutes another episode that shows that Erdogan’s dominance over the AKP and the executive is absolute and unchallenged,” said another source.

Officials close to the presidency in Turkey said that the possible replacements are government spokesman Numan Kurtulmus and Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag. The names of Transport Minister Binali Yildirim and Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, Erdoğan’s son-in-law, had also been mentioned as possible replacements for Davutoglu.