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Turkey's PM Resigns as Erdogan Shows Who's Boss

Growing differences with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pushed Davutoglu’s to resign.

Dorian Jones reports for Voice Of America: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said he will step down as his ruling AK Party announced an extraordinary congress to elect a new leader. 

But alluding to growing differences over his leadership, he said he was stepping down for the sake of unity and consensus in the party despite his successful premiership, what was proved by results of elections in November 2015. 

"I feel no reproach, anger or resentment against anyone," he said. "No one heard, or will ever hear a single word from my mouth, from my tongue or my mind against our president."

But in the past few months, Erdogan`s advisers accused Davutoglu of resisting the idea of changing Turkish political system from parliamentary to presidential. 

One of main prime minister projects was the deal with EU whereby Turkey accepted migrants returned from Greece in exchange for a series of concessions, including visa-free travel to Schengen-zone countries in the European Union. This week EU almost fully agreed for visa-free travel.

Many observers say that the power in Turkey today is authoritarian, and belongs totally to Erdogan. That's why Brussels would rather deal with the prime minister.

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), called the prime minister's resignation a "palace coup."  

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA
 

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