Don't argue, Turkish minister tells ruling party

European Union Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu admonished 'unnecessary arguments' within the Justice and Development Party after a Twitter spat between lawmakers

European Union Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu admonished 'unnecessary arguments' within the Justice and Development Party after a Twitter spat between lawmakers

ANKARA – A leading politician in Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party has called for the party to avoid "unnecessary arguments" as the party searches for a prime minister to replace Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

On Tuesday, European Union Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said: "We share different opinions on every platform and the party's central executive committee makes decisions. We do not approve such unnecessary arguments."

"We make decisions and carry on the path in unity and solidarity."

His comments came after two party lawmakers argued on social media about outgoing President Abdullah Gul. One criticized Gul's indication he will return to the party, which he quit when he became president. Another defended Gul, one of the founders of the party, known as the AK Party.

Following Sunday's election of Erdogan as president, AK Party spokesman Huseyin Celik announced that an extraordinary congress would take place on August 27 to choose a new party chairman, who will also assume the prime minister's office.

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