Turkey's ruling party looks for new leader

After Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's victory in the presidential election held on Sunday, ruling Justice and Development Party are gathering to determine their new leader

After Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's victory in the presidential election held on Sunday, ruling Justice and Development Party are gathering to determine their new leader

ANKARA - Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party's executive board will meet Monday, a day after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan triumphed in the presidential election. 

The Justice and Development Party, commonly referred in Turkey as the AK Party, is looking for a new leader, as Erdogan will have to resign the party leadership when he is sworn in as president on Aug. 28.

Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said a "road map" for selecting the party's new leader might be set during the executive board meeting Monday.

Turkish press outlets are reporting that the next prime minister could be current Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu or former Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication Binali Yildirim.

Having been elected in the first direct presidential election in Turkey's history, Erdogan, who secured 51.96 percent of the votes Sunday, has said the next prime minister and the next party leader will be the same person.

Erdogan, who was elected to a five-year term, will be taking over the post from President Abdullah Gul. 

Erdogan has been Turkey's dominant political figure for more than a decade. After helping to found the AK Party in the early 2000s, his party has won three local elections, three general elections and two referendums in the last 12 years.

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