Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu announces resignation

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Ahmet Davutoglu, outgoing PM of Turkey

… by  Ian Greenhalgh

The resignation of Turkey’s prime minister, a man long held to be little more than a puppet of Erdogan, most likely signals a further shift towards an authoritarian dictatorship centred around the personality of Erdogan.

It is probably that Davutoglu has been less easy to manipulate than Erdogan desires and therefore has been pushed out in favour of someone who will be more compliant.

Erodgan has made no secret of his desire to make Turkey a world power, he has been less vocal in his desire to recreate the Ottoman Empire, but that too, is one of his goals. Davutoglu seems to have been less than committed to this neo-Ottoman agenda and to have preferred to develop good relations with Turkey’s neighbours.

With the troublesome Davutoglu gone, we can reasonably expect to see further developments in the Caucasus and Balkans where Turkey is actively working, through proxies and directly, to destabilise the region and re-ignite old conflicts.

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Yerevan, Armenpress

Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu announces resignation

Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says he will stand down at an extraordinary congress of his ruling AK Party later in May. Speculation about his resignation has been rife since Davutoglu met President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on May 4, “Armenpress” reports citing BBC.

He is long thought to have disapproved of Erdogan’s plans to move Turkey to a presidential system of government.

He announced his resignation after holding talks with party leaders.

The congress would be held on 22 May, he said.

Earlier on Thursday, presidential aide Cemil Ertem said there would be no snap elections following the appointment of a new leader.He also told Turkish TV that the country and its economy would stabilize further “when a prime minister more closely aligned with President Erdogan takes office”.

After he was elected president in 2014, Erdogan hand-picked Davutoglu to succeed him as head of the AK Party (Justice and Development Party). But the prime minister’s unease with Erdogan’s plans to move to a presidential system, among other policies, has been evident in recent months.

In a sign of his weakening influence, Davutoglu was stripped last week of the authority to appoint provincial AK Party officials.

An uneasy meeting between president and PM on Wednesday signaled the latest events.

The development comes at a time of increasing instability for Turkey, which is tackling an escalating conflict with the rebels of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), attacks by the so-called Islamic State, and an influx of migrants and refugees.

Turkey is also in the midst of implementing a key deal with the European Union, brokered by Davutoglu, to limit the number of refugees flowing across its border in return for accelerated EU accession talks and financial aid.

The future of that agreement, which Davutoglu was seen as having agreed with little input from the president, could be plunged into doubt by his departure.

Among those tipped as successors to Davutoglu are Transport Minister Binali Yildirim, who is close to Erdogan, and Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, who is the president’s son-in-law.

They will be formally elected at the party congress.

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