Turkish Prime Minister to resign amidst rift with president

The Turkish prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, has announced that he he is stepping down from office after an irreconcilable rift with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Mr. Davutoglu announced on Thursday that he will quit office after the congress of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), on May 22, the BBC is reporting.

Messrs. Davutoglu and Erdogan do not see eye to eye on important issues such as Middle East refugee crisis, European Union deals, the Islamic State threat and the threat posed by Kurdish separatist groups.

“I declare that we will hold our congress on May 22,” Davutoglu told members of the central committee of theAKP.

“I don’t think I will be a candidate in the next congress in the current circumstances,” he added.

However, he pledged his loyalty to Mr. Erdogan. But analyst believed there is no love lost between them and he only expressed loyalty to the president to dispel the fact that the party is in crisis.

An aide to Mr. Erdogan announced that there won’t be snap elections to appoint a new leader.

Mr. Erdogan is now expected to choose a more pliable candidate to replace the independent-minded Mr. Davutoglu which will invariably tightens his control of the country.

Transport Minister Binali Yildirim, and Mr. Erdogan’s son-in-law who doubles as Energy Minister, Berat Albayrak, have been tipped to replace Mr Davutoglu.

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