Turkish PM announces decision to step down

2016-05-05 14:00
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu arrives for the EU summit in Brussels. (AP)

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu arrives for the EU summit in Brussels. (AP)

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Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced his resignation on Thursday, paving the way for the country's president to pursue a tighter trip on power.

"I decided that for the unity of the (ruling party) a change of chairman would be more appropriate. I am not considering running at the May 22 congress," Davutoglu told the nation.

Davutoglu, who had fallen out with President Recept Tayyip Erdogan, announced he was stepping aside following a meeting with executives of the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, which has dominated Turkish politics since 2002.

The decision is not effective immediately. The party will hold an emergency convention May 22 to select a new party leader who would also replace the premier.

Davutoglu said he would not run.

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